Melanie and Martina Grant

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Melanie and Martina Grant
Born
  • Melanie Jane Grant
  • Martina Cara Grant

(1971-11-18) 18 November 1971 (age 45)
Margate, Kent, England
Other names
  • The Fun House twins
  • A.T.T.
Occupation Actresses, presenters, singers
Years active 1978–present
Television Fun House
Children
  • Melanie 1 girl
  • Martina 1 boy 1 girl
Website funhousetwins.co.uk

Melanie and Martina Grant are a pair of British twin actresses and singers best known in the UK as presenters/cheerleaders on long-running gameshow Fun House and in Japan for their album A Twin Thing.

Personal lives[edit]

The twins were born in Margate in 1971. They now live in Ramsgate.

Melanie is now called Melanie Bambridge. Her husband was a fireman who died of Leukaemia in 2009.[1]

Martina also married, her married name was Martina Deal but she divorced in 2009. She now lives with her new partner, they had a baby[2] boy in March 2012 and in February 2015 they had a girl[3] In August 2016 Martina married her partner.

Television[edit]

Martina (left) and Melanie (centre) on What's Up Doc?

In 1986 Melanie appeared alongside Bill Oddie as a dancer in ITV comedy From the Top.[4]

In 1987 they both appeared in an episode of a BBC cop show called Rockliffe's Babies credited simply as 'Girl in flat'.[5]

From 1989 until 1999 they appeared alongside Pat Sharp in all 11 series of long-running gameshow Fun House as cheerleaders/co-presenters.

In 1993 they appeared as themselves in an episode of STV talk show Scottish Women discussing twin related issues.[6]

In March 1995 they made a guest appearance on ITV Saturday morning show What's Up Doc?.

In 2011 they also appeared on a segment of This Morning called Guess the guests.

In January[7] and May[8] 2013 they made guest appearances on Soccer AM.

They have also appeared in The Bill.[9]

Film[edit]

Martina (left) in the Monty Python film The Meaning of Life

In 1983 they appeared in the film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life among the group of children singing the song Every Sperm Is Sacred.

They also appeared in the 1989 Batman movie.[9][10]

Stage[edit]

From 1978 until 1981 Melanie appeared as Molly in Annie at the Victoria Palace Theatre.[11][12]

In 1981 Martina appeared as Brigitta alongside Petula Clark in the London revival of The Sound of Music at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.[13]

In 1983 they both appeared in the Micky Dolenz directed production of Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty's Theatre.[14][15]

In 1994 they appeared as Dandini and the Prince alongside Wayne Sleep in Cinderella at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill.[16][17]

In 2000 they appeared as Swash and Buckle in Dick Whittington at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne.[14]

They have also appeared in productions of Red Riding Hood and Snow White.[14]

Music[edit]

Martina appeared on the cast recording of The Sound of Music.[18]

A.T.T.[edit]

A Twin Thing
ATT album cover avcd11722.jpg
Studio album by A.T.T.
Released 19 May 1999
Genre Dance, Hip-Hop
Length 63:30
Language English
Label Avex
AVCD-11722
Singles from A Twin Thing
  1. "Keep On Pumpin'"
    Released: 19 May 1999

On 19 May 1999 they released an eponymous album called A Twin Thing[19] which was released in Japan but was less successful elsewhere. The track Keep On Pumpin' was also released as a single[20] and on various compilation albums.[21] The album was released on iTunes[22] and Amazon[23]on 21 July 2014. The download version does not include the two remixes of Keep On Pumping.

Track list[19]

  • Keep On Pumping
  • We're A.T.T.
  • Flame Inside
  • Fallen Angels
  • Say Yes
  • I Think Of You Always
  • Revolution Love
  • Girlfriend
  • A Twin Thing
  • Won't Fall Down
  • Influence My Body
  • Something 'Bout Us
  • Keep On Pumping (Pete Doyle Mix)
  • Keep On Pumping (Bulletproof Mix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melanie's husband's obituary". Thisiskent.co.uk. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pat Sharp interview". Bucksfreepress.co.uk. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Melanie on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ From the Top at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Rockliffe's babies at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Scottish Women on STV youtube channel". Youtube.com. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Clip on official Soccer AM website". socceram.com. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Clip on official Soccer AM website". socceram.com. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Pat Sharp interview". Digitalspy.co.uk. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Melanie on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cast list at musical heaven website". Musicalheaven.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "More detailed cast list at musical fan site". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Cast list at Broadway World". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Local news coverage". Tanithsjosephsite.homestead.com. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Melanie on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cast list". Lib.rochester.edu. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Paul Dufer website". pauldufer.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Recording cast list at Broadway World". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Official Avex webpage". Avexnet.or.jp. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Megamix". Megamix.ocnk.net. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Avexnet". Avexnet.or.jp. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "iTunes – Music – ATT A Twin Thing". iTunes Store (GB). Apple Inc. July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Amazon Music ATT A Twin Thing". Amazon UK. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.