Melanie Clare Sophie "Mel" Giedroyc (//, born 5 June 1968) is an English presenter, actress and comedian, best known for her comedy work with Sue Perkins, co-hosting series including Light Lunch for Channel 4, The Great British Bake Off for the BBC and chat show Mel and Sue for ITV.
Giedroyc was born in Epsom, Surrey and grew up in Leatherhead. Her father, a historian of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the Giedroyć family, came to England 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.
Giedroyc has appeared 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 is best known for presenting comedy items 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 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 as to how she had nearly gone bankrupt. The show moved to BBC One for its fifth series and has won numerous awards. In 2012 and 2013, she 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. Giedroyc and Perkins will not present the show when it moves to Channel 4 in 2017.
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 2015, Giedroyc narrated eight-part BBC One series Now You See It. A second series was later announced and will air in 2016.
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 afternoon 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. Geidroyc hosted the Sky1 primetime game show Relatively Clever, which began on 3 April 2015.
In May 2015, Geidroyc joined Scott Mills in commentating the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for the United Kingdom. It was broadcast on BBC Three. During February 2016, Giedroyc presented the Eurovision You Decide programme and in May presented the semi-finals, again with Scott Mills.
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 has presented a Saturday lunch time show on Magic 105.4fm from 1pm until 3pm.
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 is married to Ben Morris, a television director and teacher at LAMDA.
|1996||The Vicar of Dibley||Mary Tinker||BBC One|
|1997–98||Light Lunch||Co-presenter||Channel 4||With Sue Perkins|
|1998||Late Lunch||Co-presenter||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||With Richard Hammond|
|2008–2011||Sorry, I've Got No Head||Various characters||CBBC|
|2010–2016||The Great British Bake Off||Co-presenter||BBC Two (2010–13)|
BBC One (2014–16)
|With Sue Perkins|
|2011–2014||Sadie J||Ms. V||CBBC|
|2014||Draw It!||Presenter||Channel 4|
|Vertigo Road Trip||Presenter||BBC One||One-off show|
|2015—||Now You See It||Narrator||BBC One|
|The Gift||Co-presenter||BBC One||With Matt Baker|
|2015||Mel and Sue||Co-presenter||ITV||With Sue Perkins|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2015||Co-commentator||BBC Three||With Scott Mills|
|The Sound of Music Live||Frau Schmidt||ITV||UK version of The Sound of Music Live!, broadcast 20 December 2015|
|2016||Eurovision: You Decide||Presenter||BBC Four|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2016||Co-commentator||With Scott Mills|
|Horrible Histories||Various||CBBC||2 episodes|
|2017||Let It Shine||Co-presenter||BBC One||Upcoming show; with Graham Norton|
- Guest appearances
- The Wright Stuff (2007, 2008, 2010) – Panellist
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014) – Panellist
- The Magicians (21 January 2012) – Assistant Magician
- Let's Dance for Comic Relief (16 February 2013) – Guest judge
- That Puppet Game Show (7 September 2013) – Contestant
- Catchphrase: Celebrity Special (22 June 2014) – Contestant
- The One Show (12 November 2014) – Guest presenter
- The Jonathan Ross Show (31 January 2015) – Guest