Melanie Sykes

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Melanie Sykes
Born Melanie Ann Sykes
(1970-08-07) 7 August 1970 (age 44)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Occupation Television presenter, model
Spouse(s) Daniel Caltagirone (2001–2009)
Jack Cockings (2013)
Children Roman Laurence (b. 2002)
Valentino Luca (b. 2004)

Melanie Ann Sykes (born 7 August 1970) is an English television presenter and model, best known for co-hosting Today with Des and Mel with Des O'Connor and Let's Do Lunch with Gino D'Acampo.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sykes was born in Ashton-under-Lyne[2] to an Anglo-Burmese father and an Anglo-Indian mother, Wendy[citation needed]. She attended Mossley Hollins High School and studied A-level Religious Studies at Ashton Sixth Form College. Sykes was a member of Ashtonian Brass Band along with her father, mother and two sisters, playing the baritone horn. She first came to public attention as the bikini-clad girl in the Boddington's beer advertisements with the broad "Northern" accent in the mid-1990s. Amongst other work, Sykes also modelled for Berlei lingerie.[3]



After first reporting for The Big Breakfast, Sykes has continued her television career, including stints on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and as presenter of Eastenders Revealed.[citation needed] In 1999, Sykes presented Melanie Sykes' Southall Stories, a documentary for BBC Two on Asian culture in Great Britain. She has also hosted a variety of awards ceremonies, including Miss World, the BAFTA Awards and the Q Awards.

Sykes' television career stalled for a period, although she made a successful comeback as host of Today with Des and Mel with Des O'Connor in 2003. On 12 May 2006, ITV announced that the show would be one of a number to be axed in a "painful, but utterly necessary" move.[4]

Her other work for the network has included hosting shows The Vault, Celebrities Under Pressure, National Television Awards Party of the Year, and the British Soap Awards.

Sykes appeared as a guest panellist Loose Women in October and November 2005 and later returned as a guest anchor in October 2008 and May 2009.

Sykes has filled in for Paul O'Grady eleven times as presenter of The Paul O'Grady Show ,from 2006 to 2009, when O'Grady was unable to appear.

Sykes was the presenter of the daytime series Gene Detectives for BBC One.[citation needed][citation needed]

In 2008, Sykes was a judge on The Sofa Factor for GMTV, where viewers sent in short clips and the winner got to present TV Pick of the Day and win a trip to Las Vegas.

In August 2011, Sykes returned to daytime television, co-hosting Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel and Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel with Gino D'Acampo on ITV.

On 13 September 2011, Sykes co-hosted the three-part series Missing Millions with Paul Heiney on ITV.[5]

In February 2014, BT Sport announced that Sykes would become part of their MotoGP team.[6]


Sykes presented The A List, a national radio chart show based on total sales, produced by Unique the Production Company at the studios of London's Heart 106.2. She left the show towards the end of 2006 and was replaced by Gail Porter.[citation needed]

Sykes was heard on BBC Radio 2 with Aled Jones sitting in for Steve Wright in the Afternoon on 22, 23 and 24 December 2008. In May 2010, she began co-hosting the BBC Radio 2 show Going Out With Alan Carr after Emma Forbes' resignation.[7] Sykes continued on the show until its end in March 2012.

For a time, she presented her own radio show on Capital FM.[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

Sykes has been the face of Head & Shoulders shampoo in the UK, appearing in print and television advertising and the high street chain Matalan.[citation needed] She has also appeared in advertisements for Morrisons, Wynsors World of Shoes and Churchill Insurance.[citation needed]

In 2006, the book Blooming Beautiful: My Plan for Looking Great, Being Healthy and Surviving Hormonal Havoc, Throughout Pregnancy and as a New Mum, co-written by Sykes with Hilary Boyd, was published by Michael Joseph.

Sykes posed naked for the December 2011 edition of men's magazine Esquire.[8]

On 24 December 2013, during an episode of Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel, Sykes and D'Acampo set the new Guinness World Record for "The most jumpers put on in one minute". They managed to put on 11 jumpers in a minute.

Personal life[edit]

Sykes married Italian actor Daniel Caltagirone in January 2001, and the couple had two children: Roman (born 2002) and Valentino Luca (born 21 July 2004). In July 2008, it was reported that the couple had split up, with Sykes having "grown apart" from Caltagirone, who had moved out of their Hampstead, London home.[9] They divorced in June 2009.[10] She married her boyfriend Jack Cockings on 18 May 2013 at Sherborne Castle in Dorset.[11] In November 2013, Sykes was arrested and cautioned by police over an assault against Cockings.[12][13] Quickly after the domestic assault charges, after less than one year of marriage, Sykes began the process of filing for divorce.[14] On 20 August 2014 the common assault caution was removed from police records.[15]



Year Title Role Episodes Reference(s)
1999 Melanie Sykes' Southall Stories Presenter 1 series
2002-06 Today with Des and Mel Co-presenter
2003 The British Soap Awards Co-presenter 1 episode
2003-04 Celebrities Under Pressure Presenter
The Vault Presenter
2005-09 Loose Women Guest anchor/panellist 5 episodes
2006-09 The Paul O'Grady Show Guest presenter 11 episodes
2007 Gene Detectives Co-presenter
2011— Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel Co-presenter
2011 Missing Millions Co-presenter
2012— Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel Co-presenter
Guest appearances

On 23 December 2012, Sykes was a contestant on a Celebrity special of The Cube.


  1. ^ Melanie Sykes – Northern Star, FHM, retrieved 7 September 2012 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Cable, Simon (5 June 2009), "Mel Sykes divorces jobbing actor husband because he 'didn't earn enough'", Associated Newspapers, retrieved 7 September 2012 
  4. ^ "ITV swings axe to revive channel". BBC News. 2006-05-12. 
  5. ^ ITV announces Missing Millions, ITV, 30 August 2011 
  6. ^ Melanie Sykes signs five-year deal to present MotoGP World Championship for BT Sport, Daily Mirror, 14 February 2014 
  7. ^ Melanie Sykes appointed new BBC Radio 2 presenter,, 15 May 2010, retrieved 30 July 2010 
  8. ^ Melanie Sykes dares to bare at 41 years old in stunning new photo-shoot,, 1 November 2011, retrieved 7 September 2012 
  9. ^ "Mel's Sad Split", Sky News, 21 July 2008 
  10. ^ Missim, Mayer (5 June 2009), "Melanie Sykes granted divorce", Digital Spy, retrieved 7 September 2009 
  11. ^ "And the bride wore PEACH: Melanie Sykes shares a kiss with new toyboy husband Jack Cockings after countryside wedding". Daily Mail. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Melanie Sykes arrested and cautioned by police over an assault on toyboy husband". Mirror. 27 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Melanie Sykes admits assaulting Jack Cockings". BBC News. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Melanie Sykes to divorce Twitter toyboy husband Jack Cockings after she was cautioned for domestic assault". The Mirror. Retrieved 02/05/2014. 
  15. ^ . The Daily Mail Retrieved 2014-08-26.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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