Millie Bright is an English professional football player who currently plays as a defender for the Chelsea Football Club and the English national team. Since Bright overcame her childhood illness, she has emerged as one of the finest defenders in women’s football, having started her career with Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2009 at the age of 16 before eventually joining Chelsea in 2014.
Thirteen years after Bright’s pro debut, she has recorded many achievements, including the 2016 Vauxhall English young player of the year award, three league titles with Chelsea, as well as the FA Women’s Cup 2015 and 2018. Find out more exciting facts about Millie Bright.
Profile summary of Millie Bright
- Full Name: Millie Bright
- Date of Birth: 21 August 1993
- Place of Birth: Killamarsh, England, United Kingdom
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Nationality: British
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Education: Sheffield Road School and Eckington Junior School
- Profession: British association football player
- Position: Defender
- Net Worth: $2 million
- Salary: $43,000
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters)
- Weight: 73 kg
- Millie Bright’s Boyfriend: Levi Crew
- Siblings: 2 sisters
- Instagram: @mbright04
- Twitter: @Mdawg1bright
How old is Millie Bright?
Millie Bright was born on 21st August 1993, making her 29 years old as of 2022. She is the daughter of Nicola Bright and Steve Bright. Millie was raised alongside her two older sisters in Chesterfield, a market town situated in Derbyshire, England. She holds British nationality and is of white ethnicity, born under the Leo birth sign.
Though she is yet to reveal the identity of her siblings, we do know that she shares a close relationship with them as she often posts their pictures on her social media pages captioned with sweet messages. One of her sisters is currently working as a staff nurse at the Nightingale hospital.
She Suffered from Health Issues as a Child
Just eight days after Millie was born, she developed a health problem and was diagnosed with pneumonia. The illness resulted in her spending most of her early childhood in and out of the hospital with asthma and whooping cough, which she suffered until after her 14th birthday. The illness left young Millie physically drained and exhausted, nevertheless, she did not let it ruin her childhood days.
Despite the illness, Millie had a fun and happy childhood while growing up alongside her two other sisters whom she played football with. Besides playing football as a child, Millie Bright loved horses and she often plays horseback riding with her older sisters. She grew up to be a skilled horse rider because of the stable owned by her parents. Nevertheless, she had to give it up for football as she found it hard to maintain a balance between the two.
Millie Bright Started Playing Football at the Age of Nine
Millie Bright grew up with a terrible health condition that could have stopped her from achieving her dreams. Despite the health difficulties she faced, she refused to give up in the face of her illness.
She attended Sheffield Junior School in Killamarsh, a town in North East Derbyshire, from 2000-2004. While studying at the school, Millie developed an interest in football at the age of nine and decided to join a friend who was playing for Killamarsh Dynamos, a local team in Derbyshire. When she left Sheffield Road School, she enrolled at Eckington School, where she joined the school’s team and furnished her skills.
Millie went on to play for Sheffield United FC before making her professional debut at the age of 16 with the Doncaster Belles in 2009. She played for Doncaster Belles until 2014, playing 32 times in the league and scoring once. In between that time, she joined Leeds United on loan for a season.
Millie Joined Chelsea in 2014
Millie Bright signed for Chelsea L.F.C in December 2014 before the 2015 season. Chelsea assistant manager Paul Green, who used to manage her at Doncaster Rovers Belles, persuaded her to join the club after she turned down the offer a year before.
Millie made an impressive entry into the club as she held a solid defense at the back, helping the team finish first place during the regular season with a 10–2–2 record. The win qualified the team for the 2016–17 UEFA Women’s Champions League for the second time in the club’s history. Millie won the WSL 1 as well as the Women’s FA club at the end of her first season with Chelsea. She was also nominated by her teammates for the Chelsea players’ player award for the season.
Bright improved her game and came out stronger in her second season with the club in 2016. She served as a starting defender in all the 15 games she played. She scored a goal in the team’s 5–0 win over Sunderland, and the team finished in second place with a 12–3–1.
Millie Bright continued to impress and show growth as a player in the 2017 season. She served as the starting defender for the 2017 FA WSL Spring Series, playing an essential role in leading the defensive line to concede only five goals in all competitions. She scored two goals during attacking set-pieces against Bristol and Arsenal.
In August 2018, Millie signed a new three and half year contract with Chelsea, and she further established herself as a very instrumental player in the club’s success. In the 2019–20 FA WSL season, she was named the league’s Player of the Month after she scored and provided an assist against Birmingham and led the Chelsea defense in a shut-out against Manchester United. At the 2020 Women’s FA Community Shield, she helped her team score the winning from long range during the team’s 2–0 over Manchester City.
Achievements with Chelsea Women’s Team
- 4 FA WSL: 2015, 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
- 3 FA Women’s Cup: 2014–15, 2017–18, 2020–21
- 2 FA Women’s League Cup: 2019–20, 2020–21
- FA Community Shield: 2020
- UEFA Women’s Champion’s League runners-up: 2020–21
She is a Member of the England National Team and she has Captained the Team Thrice
Besides playing for the club, Millie Bright has represented her country on different levels. She played for the England senior national team and the Under-17, Under-19, and Under-23 teams. She scored a penalty kick goal against the United States of America in the final game of the Nordic Cup in June 2016. In September of the same year, Millie earned her first cap for the senior England national team when her National Coach Mark Sampson called her as a last-minute substitute in a 2-0 win against Belgium.
That same year, she was named the England Young Player of the Year because of her outstanding performance.
Millie continued improving her game and soon established herself with the senior national team as one of the best defenders. On 13 April 2021, Millie was selected to Captain the England team for the first time in a friendly game against Canada. She also captained the team In the November World Qualifiers against Austria and Latvia. In June 2022, she made the England squad for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.
Achievements and Honors
- Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year: 2016
- 2 FA WSL PFA Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2019–20
- FA Women’s Super League Player of the Month: December 2019
- 2 FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11: 2020, 2021
- Arnold Clark Cup Golden Boot: 2022
What is Her Salary?
Millie has a successful career as a football player; she is regarded as one of the best players in women’s football. She has amassed a decent net worth of about $2 million since her professional debut in 2009. She currently receives an average salary of around $43,000 as a Chelsea player. Moreover, she serves as a brand ambassador for Addidas.
Millie Bright has a Strong Support System
Over the years, Millie’s family has become her biggest fan, especially her mother Nicola Bright who is reported to have supported Millie in every way she could. Nicola pulled in all her weight to give her daughter the best. When Millie joined Sheffield Road School, Nicola joined the school’s staff to be close to her daughter.
Moreover, her father Steve Bright, her sisters, nephews, grandmother Margaret, Uncle Andrew, grandfather Arthur Bramall who used to work as a coal miner at the Rossington colliery in Doncaster, and other members of the family have actively supported her career. They are often present at her games to support and cheer her up. With a family like Millie’s, she only has greater heights to reach.
Who is Millie Bright’s Partner?
The talented football player is currently dating Levi Crew, the founder and owner of LC Performance Coaching and a performance coach for Strive Health Club. Though not much is known about the couple, including how they met or when they started dating, the adorable pictures of them shared by Millie on her Instagram page seems to us that the duo are head over heels in love with each other.
Prior to her relationship with Levi Crew, she dated Jordan Bird, a first assistant on the Pam Barton Course Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club.
Millie Bright’s Height and Weight
Millie Bright is very tall as compared to her fellow players like Jess Carter (1.67 m), Rachel Daly (1.67 m), and Sophie Ingle (1.73 m). She stands at an impressive 1.78 meters, which is about 5 feet 10 inches tall.
In regard to her weight, she weighs about 76 kg which makes her stand out amongst fellow players.