Sophie is best known in the music industry as a multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, model and performer. She has also performed with the National Youth Theatre for years and is now combining her hugely successful career with presenting. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences.
Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in 2001. The album reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the BPI. The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. It produced four singles, three of which reached the top three in the UK and won the Edison Award for Best Dance Album.
Her second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles. Trip the Light Fantastic, her third album was released four years later and produced three singles, one of which reached the top ten in the UK. Her fourth studio album, Make a Scene and its third single Bittersweet achieved top 40 positions in the UK. Her fifth studio album, Wanderlust, became her highest charting album since Read My Lips. Her sixth album, the Latin-inspired Familia earned critical acclaim in 2016.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the UK, Sophie performed live weekly 'Kitchen Disco' concerts featuring herself and her family, streamed live from their kitchen on Instagram. The same year, she started a weekly podcast titled Spinning Plates with Sophie Ellis-Bextor in which she interviews working mothers. Guests have included Fearne Cotton, Myleene Klass and Janet Ellis. Later that year she released a greatest hits album, Songs from the Kitchen Disco, which was preceded by the single, Crying at the Discoteque, which she had performed during lockdown.