Melanie Winiger

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Melanie Winiger
Public Eye Awards 2008 mit Melanie Winiger - Crop (2).jpg
Melanie Winiger at the Public Eye Awards 2008 held by Erklärung von Bern and Greenpeace Switzerland
Born (1979-01-22) 22 January 1979 (age 38)
Zürich, Switzerland
Occupation Model, actress
Children Noeel, son

Melanie Winiger (born 22 January 1979 in Lugano) is a Swiss actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Switzerland 1996.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a German speaking Swiss national and a Canadian of Indian origin, Melanie Winiger was brought up in Ticino, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland.

Modelling career[edit]

She won Miss Switzerland in 1996 and represented her country at Miss World 1996 in Bangalore, India and at Miss Universe 1997 in Miami, Florida, not placing in either pageant. Winiger worked as a model in Cape town, New York, Milan, and Munich in the late 1990s. Around the same time, she gained fame in Switzerland as a TV host and endorser of the Italian boutique chain Oviesse.


In 2003, she starred in the Swiss movie Achtung, fertig, Charlie!

She subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the West Hollywood branch of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute until 2005.

Since then, she has starred in both American and Swiss film and TV productions, including Sonjas Rückkehr, Love Made Easy, Breakout, and Heldin der Lüfte.

In 2008, she starred in a TV commercial for Moschino, which was aired in several European countries.



TV Films[edit]



On 28 August 2008, she hosted the draw for UEFA Champions League groups, which took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. She hosted the draw again at the same place on 26 August 2010, this time for 2010–11 Champions League and again on 25 August 2011 for the 2011-12 Champions League. Winiger was the host for the opening ceremony at the 61st FIFA Congress.[6]

Again on August 27, 2015 hosted the draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2015-16 which took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.


  1. ^ "News" (in German). Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Schweizer Fernsehen SRF: Sonjas Rückkehr" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Who Killed Johnny – Awards" (in German). imdb. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  4. ^ Irene Genhart (2013-07-03). "Swiss made in Hollywood" (in German). Der Landbote. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  5. ^ Isabelle Riederer (2013-07-09). ""Who Killed Johnny?" wird zur Kinoleiche" (in German). 20 Minuten. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Curtain rises on Congress". FIFA. 31 May 2011. 

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