• Alexandra Hollywood is a famous food writer and cook, and the estranged wife of Paul Hollywood, a celebrity chef and judge on the BBC Two show "The Great British Bake Off"
• She was born and raised in Kent, South East England, and studied at Ursuline College in Ohio
• She has worked as a private dinner party chef, and has been to several countries such as Cyprus and France
• She is the author of two cookbooks, and shares her recipes and tips on Instagram
• She is currently single and her net worth is estimated to be around $8 million
The driving instructor, food writer and cook, Alexandra Hollywood, is famously known for being the estranged wife of the English TV anchor and celebrity chef Paul Hollywood, who is one of the judges of the BBC Two reality show, “The Great British Bake Off.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Alexandra Hollywood is a native of Kent, South East England, and was born under the Taurus zodiac sign on 11 May 1964, which makes her 58 years old as of 2022. She’s the daughter of the BBC international desk journalist, Gloria Moores, who is of Norwegian and French ancestry, and the late Michael Moores, who was a construction business executive, and was brought up together with her two siblings – one of her brothers is named Simon. Alexandra’s mother was keen on teaching her how to cook French and Scandinavian, which saw her developing an early interest in cooking and food in general.
Alexandra studied at the Ohio-based Roman Catholic arts school, Ursuline College.
Hollywood took a secretarial course shortly after she completed her studies, and successively secured jobs in the public relations department of several firms, such as Nicole Farhi and Loewe clothing brands in London. She also worked as a private dinner party chef, and has been to several European and Middle East countries such as Cyprus, where she worked as a scuba-diving instructor, and France, where she served as a chalet girl in an undisclosed luxury hotel. Hollywood later focused on her career as a chef, and has collaborated with many skilled cooks to develop and create more recipes.
Alexandra is fond of sharing her cooking tips; she’s the author of the cookbooks “Alex Hollywood: My Busy Kitchen – A Lifetime of Family Recipes,” which was published in February 2015, and 2017’s “Alex Hollywood: Cooking Tonight: Simple Recipes to Put the Joy Back into Weekday Suppers.” She also likes sharing her recipes and tips on Instagram, on which she is followed by around 22,000 fans.
Alexandra and Paul were working in Cyprus when they met in 1996: the former was a headline baker then and the latter worked for a five-star hotel as a scuba-diving trainer. They fell in love in no time, and announced their engagement shortly afterward – they walked the aisle in 1998, and were blessed with a son, Josh Hollywood in 2001. 15 years after their wedding, Alexander discovered that her husband – who was working in the US – was having an affair with his Mexican-American “The American Baking Competition” co-judge, the American Chef Marcela Valladolid, which resulted in the duo splitting, and Alexandra receiving a £1.4 million ($1.56 million) payout. However, the duo reconciled for the sake of their child after Paul made a convincing apology, claiming that he was regretful and that he still loved her very much.
Sadly, the couple split again in late 2017 and their divorce was finalized in mid-2019. Alexandra demanded a £10 million ($11.17 million) payout, but the former couple agreed to sort out their issues outside the court. She seems disheartened by the happenings in her personal life, and during an interview said ‘No one should underestimate how separation and divorce can hit you. I compare it to a moment where you’re driving along the motorway and then the next moment, something beyond your control happens and you’re driving in a completely different direction.’
Shortly after the divorce, Alexandra’s ex-husband had a brief affair with the barmaid, Summer Monteys-Fullam, who is three decades younger than him. They broke up after Summer claimed that Hollywood was overbearing and revealed that he had even asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement about his financial details and sex life. Thereafter, Paul began dating the 17-years-younger pub landlady, Melissa Spalding. They went on a date in Cyprus and were seen vacationing in expensive resorts.
Alexandra is now single and formerly used to reside together with her son in France – she has kept most of her personal details under wraps.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Hollywood is of White ethnicity and has a pair of brown eyes and long hair of the same color. She stands 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, but has not revealed her weight publicly.
Hollywood is an experienced chef who has accumulated a good sum. She also earns from her books and is worth approximately $8 millionas of 2022. Her ex-husband, Paul is worth around $15 million.
Alexandra’s Ex-Husband, Paul Hollywood Biography
Paul Hollywood is a native of Wallasey, Cheshire, England, and was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 1 March 1966, making him 56 years old as of now. He’s the son of John F. Hollywood, a baker who ran a bakery and shop, and his wife Gillian M. Harman. He attended Mosslands School before transferring to Wallasey School of Arts, where he studied sculpture. It’s reported that he dropped out of school to work at his father’s bakery, which was situated in York, which is where he developed an interest in baking.
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Paul gained skills working at his father’s bakery and went on to work in several restaurants in the UK including Cliveden Hotel, The Dorchester, and Chester Grosvenor and Spa. Paul began his TV career in 2010 when he was chosen as one of the two judges in the BBC TV game show “The Great British Baking Show” on Channel 4 and he worked with the judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. The British cookbook author, Berry, later stepped down and was replaced by Prue Leith, and the hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig in 2017. In 2013, Hollywood served as a judge in “The Great British Bake Off” adaptation, “The American Baking Competition,” which aired on CBS, and worked with the American-born chef Marcela Valladolid.
Hollywood has served as a judge in several other shows, such as “Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds” in 2013, “The Great American Baking Show” in 2015, and appeared as a guest in the BBC documentary “Who Do You Think You Are?” Paul has written many books including 2012’s “How to Bake,” “Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds” which was published in 2014, and 2016’s “The Weekend Baker.” Paul’s book, “100 Great Breads,” which was published in 2004 has seen him receiving The Gourmand World Cookbook Award.
Paul is of White ethnicity, and has blue eyes and silver-grey hair. He weighs around 155lbs (70kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall; his vital statistics are around 42-36-35.