Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc
5 June 1968
Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc (//; Polish pronunciation: [ˈɡʲɛdrɔjtɕ], born 5 June 1968) is a British actress, comedian and television presenter. With Sue Perkins, she has co-hosted series including Light Lunch for Channel 4, The Great British Bake Off for the BBC and chat show Mel and Sue for ITV. In early 2017, Giedroyc co-presented the BBC show Let It Shine.
Giedroyc was born on 5 June 1968 in Epsom, Surrey, and grew up in Leatherhead. Her father, Michal, an aircraft designer, civil engineer and family historian, of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the aristocratic Giedroyć family, moved to Britain in 1947; he died in December 2017. Her mother, Rosemary "Rosy" Cumpston (born 1937), is of English origin. Mel Giedroyc attended the independent Oxford High School, and later attended Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a lower second degree in French and Italian.
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Giedroyc is best known for comedy and presenting work with Sue Perkins. The two women met while students at the University of Cambridge and were members of the Footlights comedy club. Mel and Sue, the duo were short-listed for the Daily Express Best Newcomers Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993. Their first presenting roles saw them host a lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch (and the early evening version, Late Lunch).
Giedroyc appeared with Perkins in one episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme, playing a receptionist at a hotel. She was also 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 ITV. Giedroyc 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. Giedroyc played the Fairy Liquid in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at London's Barbican theatre in December 2007. She appeared in a children's sketch show for the BBC Sorry, I've Got No Head. In 2010, Giedroyc was a celebrity guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch and 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 in February 2010. She plays Mrs V, the owner of the Y café, in CBBC programme Sadie J and is also the voice of Mist in Mist: Sheepdog Tales, shown on Channel 5's morning show Milkshake!.
Giedroyc was reunited with Sue Perkins in 2010 to host the cookery competition The Great British Bake Off, on BBC Two from 16 August 2010. Later, in an apparently syndicated newspaper interview, Giedroyc admitted that she did the show just for the money, informing readers that she had nearly gone bankrupt. The show moved to BBC One for its fifth series and has won numerous awards.
In September 2016, Love Productions announced that a three-year deal had been agreed to broadcast The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4, instead of the BBC, from 2017. Giedroyc and Perkins announced that they would not be continuing with the show on its new network. Mary Berry later announced she was also leaving the Bake Off on the same day that fellow-judge Paul Hollywood separately announced he would be staying with the show.
In 2012 and 2013, Giedroyc hosted two special charity series for Sport Relief and Comic Relief featuring celebrities who took part for charity. In 2014, she guest hosted an episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off and in 2015, one episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. In 2016, she presented the first episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.
In March 2014, Giedroyc presented Collectaholics, a factual mini-series for BBC Two.
In May 2014, Giedroyc and clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Wild presented 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 specific phobias. It is sure to reduce stigma, inspire hope and encourage people to seek evidence-based treatments... "
In December 2015 Giedroyc performed as Frau Schmidt in "The Sound of Music Live (2015)" which was broadcast on ITV. In January 2015, Giedroyc and Perkins were given their own daytime chat show on ITV. The show, called Mel and Sue aired for 30 episodes, every weekday at 4pm. In August 2015, it was announced that the show had not been re-commissioned.
Giedroyc and Matt Baker began co-hosting four-part BBC One series The Gift in February 2015. It will return for a second series in 2017. Giedroyc hosted the Sky1 primetime game show Relatively Clever, which began on 3 April 2015.
In May 2015, Giedroyc joined Scott Mills in commentating the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for the United Kingdom. It was broadcast on BBC Three. Since 2016, Giedroyc has presented the Eurovision You Decide programme.
In 2017, Giedroyc co-presented the Saturday night BBC show Let It Shine – including three live shows – alongside Graham Norton. The judges were Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp and Dannii Minogue.
Also in 2017, Giedroyc competed in the fourth series of Taskmaster against Lolly Adefope, Hugh Dennis, Noel Fielding and Joe Lycett. Since June 2017, Giedroyc has presented Saturday night entertainment series Pitch Battle for BBC One. She also presents the daily BBC Two game show Letterbox, having hosted 45 episodes (15 for series One, 30 for series Two) since 2017. On 23 July 2017, it was confirmed that Giedroyc and Perkins would host a new version of The Generation Game for BBC One.
In May 2018, Giedroyc was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom as part of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable began airing on Dave in February 2021. It invites three celebrity guests along to Mel's confessional each week to find out who's committed sins that are so bad that they should be declared ‘unforgivable’.
Giedroyc appeared in the 1994 Radio 4 comedy series The Skivers with Nick Golson and Tim de Jongh. In July 2000, Giedroyc appeared as a contestant on The 99p Challenge, a radio show hosted by Sue Perkins. In August 2010, Giedroyc appeared on the Dave Gorman show on Absolute Radio as one of his co-hosts, standing in for Danielle Ward, and has also appeared on series 4 to 7 of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! on BBC Radio 4. From 2 April 2011, with the rebranding of Radio 7 as Radio 4 extra, Giedroyc has presented The 4 O'Clock Show, a chat show including items related to children's entertainment.
From 16 April 2016, she started presenting a Saturday lunchtime show on Magic Radio from 1 pm until 3 pm.
In November 2014 Giedroyc was a part of Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, singing the opening solo in the choir's cover version of "Wake Me Up" to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need. On 3 and 10 November 2014, a two-part documentary about the choir was broadcast by BBC One. On 16 November, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at Number One.
Giedroyc presented the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour from 22 January until 14 February 2016.
Giedroyc appeared in The Rocky Horror Show Live which was simulcast live to cinemas across the United Kingdom and Europe from London's Playhouse Theatre on 17 September 2015 in the role of Third Narrator.
Giedroyc is the youngest of four children. Her sister Coky Giedroyc is a film and television director; while her other sister, children's writer Kasia, is married to Philip Parham, a British diplomat.
|1996||French and Saunders||Various characters||BBC One||4 episodes; with Sue Perkins|
Also credited for additional material
|The Vicar of Dibley||Mary Tinker||1 episode|
|1997–98||Light Lunch||Co-presenter||Channel 4||With Sue Perkins|
|2006||Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy||Voice of Mist||Channel 5||One-off TV film|
|Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show||Co-presenter||ITV||1 series; with Richard Hammond|
|2008–2011||Sorry, I've Got No Head||Various characters||CBBC|
|2010||Miranda||Life coach||BBC Two||1 episode|
|2010–16||The Great British Bake Off||Co-presenter||BBC Two (2010–13)
BBC One (2014–16)
|7 series; with Sue Perkins|
|2011–14||Sadie J||Ms. V||CBBC|
|2013, 2016, 2017, 2022||Have I Got News for You||Guest presenter||BBC One||4 episodes|
|2014||Draw It!||Presenter||Channel 4||1 series|
|Vertigo Road Trip||BBC One||One-off show|
|2015–16||Now You See It||Narrator||BBC One||2 series|
|2015||The Gift||Co-presenter||BBC One||1 series; with Matt Baker|
|2015||Mel and Sue||ITV||1 series; with Sue Perkins|
|Relatively Clever||Presenter||Sky1||1 series|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2015||Co-commentator||BBC Three||With Scott Mills|
|The Sound of Music Live||Frau Schmidt||ITV||One-off special|
|2016–19||Eurovision: You Decide||Presenter||BBC Four (2016)
BBC Two (2017—19)
|With Måns Zelmerlöw (2018–19)|
|2016||Eurovision Song Contest 2016||Co-commentator||BBC Four||With Scott Mills|
|Horrible Histories||Various||CBBC||2 episodes|
|2017||Let It Shine||Co-presenter||BBC One||1 series; with Graham Norton|
|The Secret Chef||Narrator||ITV||1 series|
|Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief||Co-presenter||BBC One||1 series; with Sue Perkins|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017||Co-commentator||BBC Four||With Scott Mills|
|Pitch Battle||Presenter||BBC One||1 series|
|Children in Need||Co-presenter|
|Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You||One-off special|
|2017–||Letterbox||Presenter||BBC Two||2 series|
|2018||The Generation Game||Co-presenter||BBC One||1 series; with Sue Perkins|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2018||UK spokesperson||BBC One, EBU|
|2020–||Hitmen||Co-Star||Sky1||2 series; with Sue Perkins|
|2021||Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable||Presenter||Dave|
|Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker||Presenter||Channel 4|
|Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2021||Contestant||BBC One||Professional dance partner; Neil Jones|
|2021–2022||One Night In...||Narrator||Channel 4||4 episodes|
|2022||The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t)||Host||Channel 4||Upcoming Channel 4 series|
- 2005, From Here to Maternity: One Mother of a Journey, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0091897505 – diary based on her first pregnancy.
- 2007, Going Ga-Ga: Is there life after birth?, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0-09-190592-7 – similar theme.
- 2021, The Best Things, Headline Review ISBN 978-1472256218 - debut novel
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- Cox, P. (June 2014). "The dizzy heights of psychology in the media". The Psychologist. 27 (6): 462.
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- "The Gift". BBC Media Centre.
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- "Eurovision 2015: 'Great British Bake Off' Presenter Mel Giedroyc To Join Scott Mills For Semi-Finals Coverage, 27/04/2015". Huffington Post UK. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "Eurovision Song Contest, 2016, Semi-Final 1". BBC One.
- "Mel and Sue are bringing The Generation Game back to BBC One". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- "Star-studded presenter line-up announced for BBC Children in Need 2017". BBC Media Centre. 16 October 2017.
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- "Dave Gorman – Show Blog". Absolute Radio. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Lee Mack, Michael Palin and Sofia Helin". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "BBC Children in Need – Gareth Malone forms an all-star choir for the Official BBC Children in Need single". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "Gareth Malone to form All-Star Choir for official BBC Children in Need single 2014". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- Billington, Michael (19 April 2018). "Much Ado About Nothing review – Mel Giedroyc blazes through Great Sicilian Bake Off". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
- "On the rise: Mel Giedroyc on Bingate and baking mischief with Mary Berry". Evening Standard. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
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- "Mel and Sue to present Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief". BBC Media Centre. 28 October 2016.
- "Taskmaster Series 4 line-up revealed". British Comedy Guide. 1 November 2016.
- "Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
- "Mel Giedroyc is the third celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
- "Strictly's all-star Christmas special - Mel Giedroyc and Neil Jones". bbc.co.uk/mediacentre. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
- "The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t)". channel4.com/press. Retrieved 27 June 2022.