Jill Scott: who is I’m a Celebrity 2022 winner - is former footballer married to partner Shelly Unitt?

The I’m a Celebrity winner is known for helping England’s Lionesses to 2022 Euros glory

Jill Scott has enjoyed an incredible rise to prominence in 2022, with the 35-year old footballer establishing herself as a national treasure after her triumph with the Lionesses this summer.

During Sunday (27 November) night’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Scott was crowned the Queen of the jungle, beating out runners up Owen Warner and Matt Hancock.

Speaking to hosts Ant and Dec after receiving the news, Scott said: “I just can’t believe it. Honestly, I think I’m going to owe my grandma a lot of money for the 12 million votes she’s done. We were one big team, I don’t think there should be one winner, we couldn’t have got through it without all of us.”

But who is Jill Scott away from the limelight - and who is her fiance Shelly Unitt? Here is everything you need to know.

Who is Jill Scott?

Jill Scott is a 35-year-old footballer who is best known for winning the Euros with England in 2022.

Scott made her professional debut for Sunderland Women in 2004 and became a first team regular for her local club at just 18 years of age. The young midfielder earnt rave reviews for her performances at Sunderland and made her international debut for England in 2006.

In 2006, Scott agreed to leave her local club to join Everton Ladies. She enjoyed a seven-year spell with the Blues and helped guide the club to the FA Women’s Premier League Cup in 2008 and the FA Women’s Cup in 2010.

Jill Scott of England shakes hands with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 (Getty Images)Jill Scott of England shakes hands with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 (Getty Images)
Jill Scott of England shakes hands with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 (Getty Images)

By this stage Scott had established herself as one of England’s most important players. Many experts praised Scott’s leadership skills and her ability to break up opposition attacks. Scott was a member of the England team which finished runners-up in the 2009 Euros and also a member of the team which made the semi-final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Scott joined Manchester City women in 2013 and enjoyed an incredible nine-year stint with the Citizens. During her time with the club Scott lifted the FA Women’s Cup on four occasions, the FA Women’s League Cup on three occasions and the FA Women’s Super League on one occassion.

In June 2022, Scott was included in the England squad which won the Women’s Euros in 2022. Following the tournament, Scott announced her retirement from professional football. She finished her international career with 161 caps for the Lionesses, scoring 27 goals. Scott retired as the second most-capped female player of all time for England, behind Fara Williams who made 172 appearances.

Is Jill Scott married?

Jill Scott is engaged to long time partner Shelly Unitt. Shelly is best known for being the sister of former England footballer Rachel Unitt who represented the Three Lions on 102 occasions between 2000 and 2013.

Shelly and Jill got engaged in March 2020. Shelly announced the news on her Instagram page at the time by posting a picture of her wedding ring with the the caption: “Yes Yes Yes”.

Jill Scott and Shelly Unitt (Photo: BOXX2BOXX)Jill Scott and Shelly Unitt (Photo: BOXX2BOXX)
Jill Scott and Shelly Unitt (Photo: BOXX2BOXX)

The couple are co-owners of a coffee shop named Boxx 2 Boxx Coffee which is located in Manchester. The Instagram page for the coffee shop has 21,200 followers and has welcomed a series of famous faces including Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne.

Box 2 Boxx Coffee posted a message of support on Instagram urging viewers to vote for Jill Scott during her time in the jungle and posted: “Our future queen of the jungle. How is she going to cope without coffee? Vote for Jill.”

Unitt has also posted a message of support to her fiance on her Instagram page and posted a picture of Scott participating in a trial with the caption: “Go on and have lots of fun and good luck. You’ll always be my queen.”

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