Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott presented the iconic show, now in its 70th year, live from dock10 studios in Salford, looking back on a truly spectacular year of sport.
Mary Earps was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 this evening in front of a star-studded audience and people at home watching live on BBC One and iPlayer. Stuart Broad came second and Katarina Johnson-Thompson took third place for the prestigious award.
In an electrifying crescendo to an unforgettable evening celebrating sporting greatness, football sensation Mary Earps soared to victory, claiming the coveted title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023.
It was Mary Earps' exceptional talent, passion and unwavering dedication that made her England's standout player this year, as they reached the Women's World Cup final for the first time. She played every minute of their seven matches, conceding only four goals and keeping three clean sheets, which helped her win the World Cup's Golden Glove award.
Mary was voted England Women's Player of the Year for 2022-2023 and finished fifth in the voting for the Ballon d'Or award. The reigning FIFA Best Women's Goalkeeper was also integral as England won the inaugural Women's Finalissima with a penalty shoot-out defeat of Brazil in April. In domestic football she claimed the Women's Super League Golden Glove for the 2022-23 season with Manchester United.
On winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023, Mary Earps said: "I'm very honoured and humbled. For me, I feel like this is the ultimate all round sporting accolade. And I think us as Lionesses and obviously United as well, we've had an incredible couple of years. This is just wow. It's not been the easiest journeys and I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without a number of incredible people in my court. So finally, I just want to say thank you to them".