Melanie Sykes was born in Mossley, Manchester. She was first tempted down to London at the age of 19 to join a modelling agency which led to numerous catwalk fashion shows and magazine work including television commercials such as Falmer Jeans and Pearl Drops and a poster campaign for Haagen Daaz.
Melanie’s first major break in television came when she fronted the Boddingtons commercial; such was the success of this campaign that Melanie became an on going signing for them. This led to a number of presenting roles, first on Sky One’s Real TV UK followed by guest presentation on the BBC’s Holiday Programme. She hosted the Hit List UK show for MTV and also covered the Phoenix Festival for them. She has also presented a strand called “I Haven’t Got A Thing To Wear” for Carlton’s Afternoon Live.
In September 1997 Melanie signed a major two-year deal with The Big Breakfast. This move established her as one of the most exciting new faces on Television. She linked the Oscars live from L.A. for the show; took driving lessons and passed her test, and hosted the Big Breakfast (7.00 am – 9.00 am) and the Bigger Breakfast (9.00 am – 12.30 pm) throughout the summer of 1998. She also became the legs and face of Aristoc Hosiery for all their promotional material for the next two years.
In December ’98 Melanie received rave reviews for fronting the highly successful Smash Hits Poll Winners Party live on BBC1.
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, which was shown on BBC2. She was also on our screens on the May Bank Holiday presenting an ITV Disney Special featuring the circus training school in San Francisco.
From September 1999 Melanie started presenting TFI on Galaxy with Tim Vincent. Since May 2000, she has been presenting her own show for the Galaxy network every Saturday, which brings radio listeners exclusive interviews with celebrity guests and bands.
Melanie also co-hosted Miss World which was broadcast live on Saturday 4th December 1999 across the UK and worldwide.In 2000, Melanie co-hosted the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA’s) and reported for Celebrity, ITV’s daily entertainment show.
This year she continued reporting for Celebrity and more recently hosted Carlton Television’s Multicultural Achievement Awards and presented the Orange live internet broadcast of the Q Awards. She went on to co host Today with Des & Mel with Des O'Connor.