Italian-British lawyer known for her various television appearances and high-profile relationship with Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Nancy Dell’Olio was born in New York in 1961 where her mother Antonia was born and her immigrant father ran a series of delicatessens. When she was five her family moved back to Italy, to the town of Bisceglie in the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani.
In May 1998, Dell’Olio was introduced to Sven-Göran Eriksson, the manager of the Lazio football team, and they began a relationship six months later. In 2001, Eriksson became manager of the England team, and he and Dell’Olio relocated to London.
In 2005, Dell’Olio hosted the show Footballers’ Cribs on MTV. She gave viewers tours of the luxury homes of English football players.
Strictly Come Dancing
In 2011, Dell’Olio took part in the ninth series of BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing. On 30 October, she and partner Anton du Beke were eliminated.
In June 2007, Dell’Olio had an autobiography published titled My Beautiful Game.
On 23 February 2012, The Sun announced that Dell’Olio would begin contributing to its Sunday editions.
On 5 January 2016, it was revealed that Dell’Olio would be one of the sixteen housemates competing in the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.
It was the tenth celebrity series and the fifteenth series of Big Brother overall to air on Channel 5.
Nancy Dell’Olio has visited British Red Cross projects in the UK and in Kenya and is a member of the Accademia Apulia UK, designed to foster a cross-cultural dialogue between communities worldwide.
She is also the chairwoman of Truce International, the British-based charity she founded with Eriksson, which aims to use football as a means of uniting people in areas affected by war.
Nancy Dell’Olio is a member of the Accademia Apulia UK.