Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc (/ˈɡɛdrɔɪ/ GHED-roytch, Polish pronunciation: [ˈɡʲɛdrɔjt͡ɕ]; born 5 June 1968) is an English actress, comedian and television presenter.[1]

Mel Giedroyc
Giedroyc at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009
Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc

(1968-06-05) 5 June 1968 (age 56)
Epsom, England
EducationOxford High School, Oxford
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
SpouseBen Morris

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. Since 2015 she has held a number of commentating roles for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Early life


Giedroyc was born on 5 June 1968 in Epsom, Surrey, and grew up in Leatherhead.[2] Her father, Michal,[3][4] an aircraft designer, civil engineer and family historian, of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the aristocratic Giedroyć family, had moved to Britain in 1947; he died in December 2017.[5]

Her mother, Rosemary "Rosy" Cumpston (1937-2024),[6] is of English origin.[4][7] Her older sister is film and television director Coky Giedroyc. After moving to Oxford as a teenager Giedroyc attended the independent Oxford High School[8] and later attended Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a lower second degree in French and Italian.[9]





Giedroyc met Sue Perkins while they were students at the University of Cambridge and members of the Footlights comedy club. Mel and Sue 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,[10] 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.[11] The show moved to BBC One for its fifth series and has won numerous awards.[12]

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.[13] Giedroyc and Perkins announced that they would not be continuing with the show on its new network.[14] Mary Berry later announced she was also leaving the Bake Off[15] on the same day that fellow-judge Paul Hollywood separately announced he would be staying with the show.[16]

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.

From May 2014, Giedroyc presented one series of the Channel 4 programme Draw It!, based upon and developed by the makers of the mobile app Draw Something.[17]

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... "[18]

On 12 November 2014, Giedroyc guest hosted an episode of The One Show with Alex Jones.[19]

In 2015, Giedroyc narrated eight-part BBC One series Now You See It. A second series aired in 2016.[20]

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.[21][22] In August 2015, it was announced that the show had not been re-commissioned.[23]

Giedroyc and Matt Baker began co-hosting four-part BBC One series The Gift in February 2015. It returned for a second series in 2017.[24] Giedroyc hosted the Sky1 primetime game show Relatively Clever, which began on 3 April 2015.[25]

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.[26] Since 2016, Giedroyc has presented the Eurovision You Decide programme.[27]

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.[citation needed]

She narrated The Secret Chef for ITV and co-presented Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief alongside Sue Perkins on BBC One.

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.[28]

In November 2017, she co-presented Children in Need for the first time.[29] In December 2017 she hosted an episode of Have I Got News for You.

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’.[30][31]

On 13 May 2023 Giedroyc was UK co-commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest final, alongside Graham Norton. In a reference to the 2014 Polish Eurovision entry "My Słowianie" and to Giedroyc's own Polish heritage, she appeared as a Polish milkmaid, suggestively churning butter behind host Hannah Waddingham, as Waddingham introduced Armenia's performance after the intermission.[32][33]



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.[34] 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.

On 6 September 2014, Giedroyc co-hosted with Lee Mack on his BBC Radio 2 Saturday morning show.[35]

Other work


In November 2014 Giedroyc was a part of Gareth Malone's All Star Choir,[36] singing the opening solo in the choir's cover version of "Wake Me Up" to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need.[37] 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 appeared in the 2018 West End Revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, playing the role of Sarah.

Giedroyc played Beatrice in the 2018 Rose Theatre production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.[38]

On 23 November 2021, it was announced that Giedroyc would dance with Neil Jones in the 2021 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

Giedroyc played the parts of Mrs Edwards (wife of the custodian of the Crown Jewels) and of a 'Lady of the Bedchamber' to King Charles II, in The Crown Jewels, a humorous play written by screenwriter Simon Nye and performed at the Garrick Theatre in London in 2023, about Colonel Blood's theft of the jewels in 1671. The part of Blood was played by Aidan McArdle, Al Murray played the king, and the cast also included Neil Morrissey.

In February 2024, Giedroyc will play Irene, Brian's mum in the world premiere of the musical Starter for Ten, based on the novel and film at the Bristol Old Vic.

Personal life


Giedroyc is the youngest of four children.[7] 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.[7]

Giedroyc is married to Ben Morris, a television director and teacher at LAMDA.[39] They have two daughters.[40]


Year Title Role Channel Notes
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
1998 Late Lunch
2005 Blessed Sue Chandler BBC One
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, 2023 Have I Got News for You Guest presenter BBC One 5 episodes
2014 Draw It! Presenter Channel 4 1 series
Collectaholics BBC Two
Vertigo Road Trip BBC One One-off show
2015–16 Now You See It Narrator BBC One[41] 2 series
2015 The Gift Co-presenter BBC One 1 series; with Matt Baker
Mel and Sue ITV 1 series; with Sue Perkins
Relatively Clever Presenter Sky1 1 series
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Co-commentator[42] BBC Three Semi-finals; 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 Semi-finals; 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[43] Co-presenter BBC One 1 series; with Sue Perkins
Taskmaster[44] Herself Dave Series 4
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Co-commentator BBC Four Semi-finals; with Scott Mills
Pitch Battle Presenter BBC One 1 series
Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You One-off special 1 series
2017– Letterbox Presenter BBC Two 2 series
Children in Need Co-presenter BBC One with Graham Norton and Ade Adepitan
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 3 series
2021 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special[45] Contestant BBC One With professional dance partner Neil Jones[46]
2021–2022 One Night In... Narrator Channel 4 4 episodes
Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker Presenter Channel 4 2 series; (2021)[47] (2022)[48]
2022 The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t) Host Channel 4 6 episodes[49]
2023 Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Co-commentator BBC One Final; with Graham Norton
Mary Makes It Easy Guest BBC Two With host Mary Berry


  • 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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