Melinda Messenger was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, the middle child between two brothers, Jamie and Warren. Her parents Terry and Avis divorced when she was aged five. After attending different schools, one of which, Dorcan Technology College, she spent six months working as a flight attendant for Britannia Airways. Messenger later joined a local marketing company, rising to become customer services manager, overseeing a staff of 50
Deciding she wanted to become a model, Messenger was advised by her agent at the Jason Paul Modelling Agency to enhance her breasts, which she enlarged to a 34DD cup. She then took a job modelling for Gloucester-based double glazing company Glevum Windows, dressed only in panties and a bra. After being put up as part of an advertising campaign with the slogan "Class Behind Glass", the posters quickly began disappearing from bus stops, taken by local lads. After a complaint at the lack of clothes on Messenger, the Advertising Standards Authority banned the campaign, claiming they were not as "classy" as they claimed to be.
After local newspapers picked up on the story, the Daily Star ran the story on 28 January 1997 as a photo-shoot of Messenger, under the headline, "Move Over Eva Herzigova". Soon after Messenger shot to fame, her mother Avis, publicly denounced her for her glamour career choice, and the two became estranged. It wasn't until the birth of Melinda's first son that the two were reconciled. Later in 1997 she won Rear of the Year.
Signed by modelling agent Yvonne Paul – who had earlier steered Samantha Fox to fame in the 1980s – Messenger's career took off. Posing for artistes including Vivienne Westwood, she was poached for exclusive appearance on the The Sun newspaper's Page Three, they later hailed her as the "Girl of the Thrillenium!". Her work for the newspaper entailed visiting the Spanish costas, as well as visits to English seaside resorts – an assignment known as "Mel's Big Bus Tour". She continued working for The Sun until readers voted to ban models with breast implants.
Move from modelling
She appeared in a cameo role in 1999's Virtual Sexuality as Superbra Girl, and co-starred in the 2000 cult movie The Mumbo Jumbo in the role of Princess Vanilla. She worked on Channel 4 cult show Eurotrash and became a popular pantomime actress, taking on roles such as Cinderella (2004–2005) and Aladdin (with Bobby Davro and John Rhys-Davies; Woking – 2005–2006).
Mother and presenter
She has already won “Mom of The Year’ and the coveted ‘Rear of The Year’; Melinda has presented many TV shows, Loose Lips, Baby Baby, Fort Boyard, Can we still be Friends, Beat The Dealer, City Hospital, To Buy or Not To Buy, Bingo Night Live, and guest presented on such shows as Wish You Were Here, Heaven and earth, 4x4, What on Earth, The Wright Stuff, The One Show,This week, This Morning, GMTV, Lorraine Kelly, Richard and Judy etc. She has been a guest on Jonathan Ross, All Star family Fortunes, Celebrity Big Brother,Who Wants to be a Millionaire,The Kumars at no 42, Shooting Stars and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Take Away. She has also made cameo appearances on Gimme Gimme Gimme and Bo Selecta! Since 1997 she has appeared in many pantomimes including Cinderella and Aladdin. Melinda recently filmed a new late night game show called Bingo Night Live for ITV !. Known for her Charity work she supports The Childrens Society, Barnardos, Action Aid and went to Malawi to highlight the plight of the countries’ orphans. She sends her children to a Steiner School and is vocal on the ‘Open Eye’ campaign to let children develop their reading skills in their own time and not to push them too soon. She is also the face of the government backed - 5 a Day - to get the nation eating healthier. Her new fragrance is now in store. Melinda is married to her childhood sweetheart Wayne and they have three beautiful children. Most recently Melinda has appeared on Dancing On Ice and also took part in the Live Tour. The new series of Cowboy Builders’ for Channel five will be shown in March. She is currently appearing on Live from Studio Five daily on Five and is developing new TV shows. Her First cookery Book is out In September and she has exciting brand opportunities coming up. Her first perfume - Delightful - is in stores now.
Messenger's TV career began in 1997 on Channel 4's Eurotrash. That same year she was given her own show on Channel 5 called Melinda's Big Night In. From 1998, Messenger became assistant in Fort Boyard on Five which ran for five series. She initially joined ex-Eastender Leslie Grantham and later Catweazle star Geoffrey Bayldon in the game show which tested contestants' physical agility and brainpower on the identically named sea fortress in France.
In 2002, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother where she was described as a "blonde Vulcan" by fellow contestant Sue Perkins, who questioned her apparent lack of range of emotions. She has since presented many TV programmes, including Loose Lips (with Richard Arnold), Baby Baby, Can We Still Be Friends, Beat The Dealer and Beat The Crusher.
In 2004, she appeared on Age Swap episode of Celebrity Swap as 83 year-old Margaret Doyle, supposedly Melinda’s old ballet teacher, disguised with prosthetic make-up, a black lycra suit, a red-white wig and fake teeth.
In 2006, Messenger recorded a pilot for a gameshow called Messenger of Doom. It was essentially a remake of The Crystal Maze, with contestants completing a series of challenges in exchange for "life candles." If a contestant failed to complete a challenge, a leather-clad Messenger appeared on screen with the words "I send you to your doom, foolish traveller!" The contestant then spent the next 20 minutes stripped to their underwear in an ice bath. The pilot was well received at test screenings, but the elaborate and expensive sets and costumes discouraged channels from commissioning a full series.
In 2008, Messenger has presented a host of programmes including for the BBC To Buy or Not to Buy, ITV1's Bingo Night Live, and A Garden For Eden for ITV Westcountry.
Messenger's show Cowboy Builders started on Five on 8 January 2009. Alongside this, Melinda was a contestant in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice, which began on 11 January 2009. This was confirmed on 5 January 2009, on This Morning. She was voted out in Week 7 after losing a surprise skate-off against Jessica Taylor. She had survived three previous skate-offs.
In 2009, Messenger, along with ex-footballer Ian Wright and The Apprentice runner-up Kate Walsh began presenting a new show on Five called Live from Studio Five. The show was first was broadcast on 14 September 2009 and ran continuously until cancelled in February 2011. In November 2009, she appeared on the BBC charity telethon Children in Need, where she acted as the assistant to illusion act The Twins in their Clearly Impossible sawing in half illusion.
It was announced on 29 January 2010 that Messenger was leaving her role on Live from Studio Five, to focus on other projects. Her last show was on 26 February 2010. A series of guest hosts then replaced her. Messenger later revealed that she had quit the show due to differences with Wright.
It was confirmed on 5th October 2011 that she would host the new Health Lottery Draws on ITV 1 and Channel 5. Health Lottery is run by Northern & Shell a British publishing and television group.