Melanie Sykes

Born in Mossley, Manchester, Melanie Sykes had firmly established herself as a successful model by the time she was 19, doing numerous catwalk shows, magazine fashion shoots and television commercials as well as a major poster campaign for Haagen Daaz.

Melanie’s first major break in television came fronting the Boddingtons beer commercial. This led to a number of presenting roles, first on Sky One followed by the BBC’s Holiday Programme. She hosted the Hit List UK show for MTV and also covered the Phoenix Festival.

In 1997 Melanie Sykes signed a two-year deal with Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast. This move established her as one of the most exciting new faces on television. Then in December 1998 she hosted the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party live on BBC1, for which she received rave reviews. 1999 saw Melanie hosting the new series of Dream Ticket for LWT, continuing her work with the Big Breakfast and filming a documentary for BBC News and Current Affairs called Melanie Sykes’ Southall Stories.

From September 1999 Melanie also started working in radio, with a presenting slot on TFI on Galaxy with Tim Vincent. From May 2000, she went on to present her own show for the Galaxy network every Saturday, which brought radio listeners exclusive interviews with celebrity guests and bands. 2001 saw Melanie begin reporting for ITV’s daily entertainment show Celebrity.

In 2002 she filmed a brand new daily live show, Today with Des and Mel (ITV1), co-hosting with Des O’Connor. The show won the RTS Best Daytime Programme award and ran for a hugely successful three years.

In 2003 Melanie went solo with two Saturday night ITV shows: a brand new family show called Celebrities Under Pressure and a game show, The Vault. She also co-hosted the Soap Awards with Des O’Connor for ITV1 as well as the National Television Awards Party of the Year.

Mel also has experience co-hosting cooking programmes. From 2011- 2014 she joined Gino D’Acampo in Lets Do Lunch with Gino and Mel. The show featured Gino preparing various dishes whilst Mel took the reigns on presenting, chatting to celebrity guests about their latest projects. Due to the show’s success, they created a Christmas series to run alongside the original series. More recently Mel co-presented Humble Pie alongside renowned chef Marco Pierre White- a cookery series where amateur cooks battle their way to victory. The contestants were put under scrutiny as Marco judged their creations.

Melanie can currently be heard on Saturday mornings on BBC Radio 2 co-hosting Alan and Mel’s Summer Escape with Alan Carr. Melanie hosted The Paul O’ Grady Show on Channel 4 on a number of occasions when Paul has been unavailable. She also presented a BBC1 series, Gene Detectives and hosted Channel 4’s daily live series, Grand Designs Today as well as filming strands for the BBC’s flagship show, The One Show, hosting Loose Women on numerous occasions as well as The National Lottery Saturday Night Draw on BBC1. She occasionally covers the Steve Wright show on Radio 2 with Aled Jones.

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Title RoleDetailsChannel
Blind Date

Voiceover Mel features as the new 'Graham' in the rebooted series of the classic dating show Channel 5
Alan and Mel’s Summer Escape on Radio 2

Co-presenter Morning Radio 2 show with different guests Radio 2
Humble Pie

PresenterA cookery series presented by Melanie Sykes and judged by world famous and notoriously demanding chef Marco Pierre White. Watch
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!- Series 14

ContestantAnnual Celebrity reality show set in the Australian outback ITV
Loose Women

2008- Present
Guest panelist and guest anchor Hot topical debates and top celebrity chats with a four-women panel.ITV
Lets do Lunch with Gino and Mel & Lets Do Christmas with Gino and Mel

2011- 2014
Presenter D'Acampo cooks various food items, whilst Sykes does the main presenting of the show. The show mixed food with celebrity chat. In each episode, a celebrity guest appeared to assist the hosts and chat to them about their latest projects.ITV
Missing Millions

Co-presenter Mel and Paul Heiney reunite people with their forgotten fortunes.ITV
The 5 O’clock Show

Presenter Daytime chat show replacing The Paul O'Grady Show consisting of a mixture of celebrity guests, comic stunts and musical performances. Channel 4
Steve Wright in the AfternoonCo-presenter Mel stands in for Steve whilst he is away, presenting alongside Aled Jones Radio 2

Judge Judge on 'The Sofa Factor' where viewers sent in short clips. The winner ceased the opportunity to present TV Pick of the Day and win a trip to Las Vegas.ITV
Gene Detectives

Co-presenter Mel and gene expert Anthony Adolph find relatives who have been missing from a person's life and reunites them. BBC One
The Vault

2003- 2004
Presenter Gameshow where contestants guess the four-digit combination to the Vault to get the jackpot moneyITV
Today with Des and Mel

2002- 2006
Co-presenter Show featured celebrity guests, phone-in competitions and chat between the hostsITV
Celebrities Under Pressure

2003- 2004
Presenter The show follows families allowing a celebrity to live with them for a week as they attempt to learn a new skill from their hosts. The celebrity's progress is followed through a video diary, before they are tested in a live studio situation. If successful, the celebrity will win a string of prizes for the family they stayed with but if they fail, the family goes home with nothing.ITV
The Big Breakfast

1997- 2001
Co-presenter Light entertainment television show that was broadcast every weekday morning Channel 4