Melanie Sykes was born to an English father, and an Anglo-Indian mother. She first came to public attention as the bikini-clad girl in the Boddingtons beer advertisements with the broad “Northern” accent in the mid-1990s. Amongst other work during the decade, she also modelled for Berlei lingerie.
After first reporting for The Big Breakfast, she has continued her television career, including stints on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and presenting Eastenders Revealed. In 1999 Sykes presented Melanie Sykes’ Southall stories a documentary for BBC2 on Asian culture in Great Britain. She has also hosted a variety of awards shows, including Miss World, the BAFTAs and the Q Awards and presented her own radio show on Galaxy FM. – read more