Lynsey Hipgrave is the new face of ESPN’s World Cup 2014 coverage. An English native, Hipgrave joins the network for the summer of soccer from the BBC in the United Kingdom. For the finals tournament (which kicks of on June 12), Hipgrave will share presenting duties with ESPN regulars, Bob Ley and Mike Tirico. On the ex-professional analysis side, the sports network has Everton manager Roberto Martinez, ex-US captain Alexi Lalas as well as former Arsenal and World Cup winner, Gilberto Silva. But that’s enough about all of them…
Here’s what you need to know about ESPN’s latest addition:
1. Lynsey is an All-Sports Expert
English soccer and sports fans will recognize Lynsey from not only her BBC work but her presenting duties on BT Sport. She has also worked for Al Jazeera, presenting their World Athletics Championship coverage, US Open tennis coverage and the Asian Games since 2010, according to her LinkedIn page.
2. Lynsey is Married to an English Indie Rocker
She’s married to Dan Hipgrave, guitarist with English rockers Toploader. You might remember them from their 2001 hit “Dancing in the Moonlight.” The couple have been married since November 2008. Prior to her marriage, Lynsey went by the name Lynsey Horn.
3. She’s a Magpies Fan
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) May 16, 2014
Hailing from the North-East of England, Lynsey is a big Newcastle United fan. For charity in 2013, Lynsey wore the jersey of her hated rivals, Sunderland while presenting for the BBC. The move was called Lynsey’s “Shirt of Hurt.”
4. She Has a Regular Radio Show Every Saturday Morning in England
Her most regular gig for the BBC was as Danny Baker’s co-host on his hugely popular The Danny Baker Show. In 2013, the Lynsey and Baker collected the Radio Gold Award for Entertainment Show of the Year.
5. Lynsey Studied Law in College
View from the office! pic.twitter.com/AHJeqJjLyV
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) July 7, 2013
The Daily Mail reports that Hipgrave began her life in the public eye as a child model. Though she abandoned that dream in her teens to study law and journalism in college. Among her first jobs in the media was presenting Poker Night Live.