Alex McLeod is an American television host and entertainment news correspondent originally from Galveston, Texas. McLeod graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communications and her first job in broadcasting was as a news intern for KPRC-NBC in Houston while in college. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed in many commercials, situation comedies Married With Children, , Partners), and hosted a variety of reality based programs (Trading Spaces, Joe Millionaire I, Best of Both Worlds.
McLeod is best known for being the original host of the hit home improvement series Trading Spaces, "the show where neighbors race to redecorate one room in each other's homes.” After only one season on air, Trading Spaces became the flagship makeover show for the TLC network and the cast members became household names. In 2001 McLeod shared a daytime Emmy nomination for her work in the first season with her producers in the Outstanding Special Class Series category. After forty episodes, Alex made the agonizing decision to leave the show and the TLC network received thousands of emails demanding her return. Alex chose to leave the "Alex-cam" and the demanding road schedule behind but the fans have never forgotten her.
In 2002, Alex's comedic sensibilities and inner spark quickly caught the eye of two other networks searching for a female host popular with reality tv fans. Alex performed in back to back reality tv projects taking the big leap into major network television with a smaller hosting role in, FOX's highly controversial first season of Joe Millionaire shot on location in France's Loire Valley. In the first Joe Millonaire, single women competed for the affection of a would-be millionaire who in reality was a not-so eligible bachelor. The first season of Joe Millionaire hosted by Alex McLeod, starring Evan Marriott as the Bachelor and Paul Hogan as the beloved butler was a huge hit for the FOX network. Like Trading Spaces, copycat shows ensued and the show spawned a new "romantic twist" trend in the reality TV dating genre.
Next, Alex gave viewers a glimpse into her tomboy spirit as co-host of A&E's Best of Both Worlds alongside Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race). In this two part reality travel special, Alex agreed to "rough it" and perform her own stunts during an economy tour of Hawaii and then experience the reward of a luxury tour and a red carpet movie premiere in Hong Kong.
Prior to reality TV, Alex was an entertainment news correspondent for two seasons on the irreverent movie review series, Moviewatch (Channel Four, UK) where she performed in comedy sketches satirizing Hollywood and interviewed A-list film stars (Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson). McLeod often returns to her roots and interviews film stars on and off the red carpet for media outlets such as The Starz Channel on The Starz Movie News. McLeod has guest co-hosted on popular morning news/talk shows such as The View and Good Day Live and has been profiled in many publications such as Newsweek and Entertainment Weekly. Television critic Linda Stasi of The New York Post once described Alex as the 'perfect' host and columnist Dan McGin of Newsweek compared her to Classic Coke, truly 'an original.'
Alex is involved with a number of charities in Southern California (UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity) and has said she considers giving back to her community her greatest accomplishment. In 2005, her Trading Spaces background came in handy as Alex partnered with Moody Memorial Methodist Church to create a sizeable decorating project/furniture drive for 15 Katrina families who had evacuated New Orleans to set up refuge in her hometown of Galveston, Texas.
Alex McLeod is based in Los Angeles and is a member of both SAG and AFTRA.
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|Trading Spaces: Season 5||Oct 9, 2004||Host (Season 1: 2000-2001)||tbd|
|Trading Spaces: Season 4||Sep 6, 2003||Host (Season 1: 2000-2001)||tbd|
|Joe Millionaire: Season 1||Jan 6, 2003||Host||tbd|
|Trading Spaces: Season 3||Aug 24, 2002||Host (Season 1: 2000-2001)||tbd|
|Trading Spaces: Season 2||Oct 6, 2001||Host (Season 1: 2000-2001)||tbd|
|Trading Spaces: Season 1||Oct 13, 2000||Host (Season 1: 2000-2001)||tbd|