Mel Giedroyc

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Mel Giedroyc
Born Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc
1968 (age 45–46)
Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
Residence London, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Ben Morris
Children 2

Melanie Clare Sophie "Mel" Giedroyc (/ɡɛdˈrɔɪ/; born 1968) is an English presenter, actress and former comedian, best known for her comedy work with Sue Perkins, co-hosting series including Light Lunch for Channel 4 and The Great British Bake Off for BBC Two. Since 5 May 2014, she has presented the daily Channel 4 game show Draw It!

Mel and Sue[edit]

Main article: Mel and Sue

Giedroyc is best known for presenting comedy items alongside Sue Perkins. They met while students at the University of Cambridge and were members of the Footlights comedy club.

As Mel and Sue, the duo were short-listed for the Daily Express Best Newcomers Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993. After a few years writing for French & Saunders, they hosted a lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch (and the early evening version, Late Lunch). They were reunited in 2010 to host the cookery competition The Great British Bake Off, on BBC Two from 16 August 2010. The show is currently into its fourth series.[1]

Television[edit]

Giedroyc has appeared in one episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme, playing a receptionist at a hotel. Giedroyc has also been a presenter on Channel 4's RI:SE. She narrated Celebrity Driving School in 2003. Some other ventures include being a contestant on the 2005 series of The Games, co-starring in the 2005 BBC One sitcom Blessed and co-presenting Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show on ITV1. She was in one episode of The Vicar of Dibley.

Giedroyc was the sixth student to be voted out of Comic Relief does Fame Academy and was a celebrity judge on the 2007 edition of Making Your Mind Up along with John Barrowman. She starred as one of the presenters in the show Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision! at the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently in the West End at the Novello Theatre. She played the Fairy Liquid in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at London's Barbican theatre in December 2007. She is currently performing in a children's sketch show for the BBC, called Sorry I've Got No Head. In 2010 she was a celebrity guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch. She also appeared in the first episode of series two of Miranda Hart's self-titled sitcom Miranda as a life coach.

Giedroyc was a panellist on the Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff in 2007, 2008 and most recently February 2010. She plays Mrs V, the owner of the Y cafe, in CBBC programme Sadie J. She is also the voice of Mist in Mist: Sheepdog Tales[2] currently shown on Channel 5's morning show Milkshake!.

Six years after her appearance in Fame Academy, Giedroyc took part in a couple of events for Comic Relief in 2013. Firstly, she hosted a special celebrity series of The Great British Bake Off over four nights in January with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returning as the judges, whilst Sue Perkins did not appear as Mel's co-host. Giedroyc also featured as a judge in the first episode of the 2013 Let's Dance For Comic Relief series.

In March 2014, Mel presented Collectoholics, a factual series for BBC Two.

It was announced on 25 April 2013 that Giedroyc was set to host a new Channel 4 daytime series Draw It! based upon and developed by the makers of the mobile app Draw Something. It made its debut on the channel on 5 May 2014.[3]

In May 2014, Mel presented, with clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Wild, a one-off show for BBC One called Vertigo Road Trip about people who have a fear of heights. Reviewing the programme, in The Psychologist, Petrina Cox described it as "an engaging and valuable education for the general public about the nature of anxiety disorders such as sepecific phobias. It is sure to reduce stigma, inspire hope and encourage people to seek evidence-based treatments... "[4]

Radio[edit]

In August 2010, Giedroyc appeared on the Dave Gorman show on Absolute Radio as one of his co-hosts, standing in for Danielle Ward. She has also appeared on series 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! on BBC Radio 4.[5] From 2 April 2011, with the rebranding of Radio 7 as Radio 4 extra, she has presented The 4 O'Clock Show, a chat show including items related to children's entertainment.

Books[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Giedroyc was born in Epsom, Surrey and grew up in Leatherhead. Her father, a history writer, is from Poland, coming to the UK in 1947. She attended the independent Oxford High School, Oxford and later attended Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a 2:2 degree in Italian language and literature.[6]

Giedroyc is the youngest of four children. Her sister, Coky Giedroyc, is a director. An older sister Kasia is the wife of Philip John Parham, a British diplomat.

Giedroyc is married to Ben Morris, a teacher at LAMDA and TV director.[7] They have two children: Florence, born May 2002 and Vita, born February 2004, and live in London.

Filmography[edit]

Presenting
Year Title Role Channel
1997-98 Light Lunch Co-presenter Channel 4
2006 Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show Co-presenter ITV
2010— The Great British Bake Off Co-presenter BBC Two (2010–13)
BBC One (2014—)
2014— Draw It! Presenter Channel 4
2014 Collectoholics Presenter BBC Two
Vertigo Road Trip Presenter BBC One
Guest appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mel and Sue to reunite for The Great British Bake-Off". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Mist: Sheepdog Tales at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Mel Giedroyc to host Channel 4's new 'Draw Something' game show Digital Spy, 25 April 2013
  4. ^ Cox, P. (2014), "The dizzy heights of psychology in the media", The Psychologist, Vo. 27, No. 6, June 2014, p462
  5. ^ "Dave Gorman – Show Blog". Absolute Radio. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of comedian Mel Giedroyc". The Independent (London). 8 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Rebecca. ".....TV comedienne Mel Giedroyc was forced to sell her family home when the work suddenly dried up. But then Mary Berry rode to the rescue". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
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