Angela Scanlon was born in Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland. Her father worked in construction and her mother worked in administration. She has three sisters and attended school in Dunshaughlin, Meath. Angela Scanlon then went on to study business at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). After graduating, she spent a period of time travelling, including six months in New York (where she worked in an Irish pub), in Australia, and South East Asia. Angela Scanlon planned to set up a fashion shop upon returning to Ireland.
Angela Scanlon has worked as a stylist and a journalist, before moving into television. She wrote for Tatler, Grazia, Company, U Magazine, and Sunday Times Style magazine. She also writes the column “Out of the Closet” for the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine. She has been featured in magazines including Vogue, Elle Japan, Sunday Times Style, Company and TWIN.
In 2001, Angela Scanlon was a dancer with the O’Shea Irish Dance Company and appeared in the Irish Thunder show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia USA. In 2012, The Irish Times described Angela Scanlon as one of ’10 Irish Instagrammers You Need to Follow’. Angela Scanlon was named as the ‘one to watch’ by Vogue in 2013 and has been cited in The Observer’s regular Why We’re Watching feature as the UK’s new onscreen fashion queen. The Daily Telegraph also commended Angela’s talents in Who’s That Girl. In 2013, she fronted a campaign for Louis Vuitton.
After working on fashion shows Xpose and Off the Rails for RTE and on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Scanlon went on to join RTE’s The Movie Show as a reporter and on The Love Clinic in 2012. Angela Scanlon appeared on the popular The Saturday Night Show with host Brendan O’Connor, in 2013 and 2014.
Angela Scanlon joined the panel of Next Week’s News in February 2014 and also put together a Yahoo! 12-part series Work the Look demonstrating how to pull off key essential looks.
Her first major documentary Oi Ginger! was broadcast in 2014. Angela Scanlon: Full Frontal was her follow-up series airing in October 2014, addressing subjects sometimes considered taboo. Angela Scanlon was featured on Republic of Telly’s Ginger is the New Black in October 2014.
In 2014 she hosted London Fashion Weekend for a third time, a job she took over from Caroline Flack after hosting the Vodafone Live Lounge for the British Fashion Council at the event for two years. Scanlon co-hosts BBC Northern Ireland/RTE’s popular holiday programme, Getaways having taken over from Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. Angela Scanlon also launched Marks & Spencer’s pop-up Halloween shop with Joanna Lumley in aid of Oxfam.
In November 2016, it was announced that Angela Scanlon, along with Michelle Ackerley, would provide maternity cover for Alex Jones and co-present The One Show with Matt Baker in early 2017. In 2016, she presented her own series, Angela Scanlon’s Close Encounters!, and the documentary, Trump’s Unlikely Superfans, for BBC Three.
In 2017, Angela was revealed as a Garnier ambassador alongside Holly Willoughby and Davina McCall. She did not appear as part of the advertising campaign in 2018, leaving Holly Willoughby and Davina McCall to continue to work with the brand.
In 2018, Angela Scanlon hosted her own BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday mornings from 4–6am. Angela covered for Sara Cox while Sara was covering for Chris Evans on 11 and 15–18 October 2018.
On 16 April 2019, Angela Scanlon started presenting a new 15-part TV series for BBC Two called Your Home Made Perfect. This is a home renovation series that pits the architects Laura-Jane Clark and Robert Jamison against each other to see who can come up with the best design for a problem home. In the series, ground-breaking virtual reality technology and VFX are employed to showcase the two potential renovation solutions, with the couple finally choosing which design to proceed with and build. A second series was commissioned and broadcast from 9 October 2019.