Melinda Jane Messenger
Date of Birth: 23rd February 1971
Birth location: Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK Height:
Vital Statistics: 34DD-22-34
Marital Status: Married Wayne Roberts in Bali on 26th November
Children: Two sons - Morgan (born 10/04/00) and Flynn (born
Home: Wanborough, near Swindon
Appearances: Sport Relief, Can We Still Be Friends?, Beat the
Crusher, Melinda's Big Night In, Fort Boyard, Melinda Messenger
Hits Hollywood, Sky TV Live Six, The Jack Docherty Show, Wish You
Were Here, Pulling Power, Ready Steady Cook, Open House, Gimme Gimme
Gimme, Armstrong and Miller, TFI Friday, Eurotrash, Comic Relief,
Shooting Stars, Women on Top, The Kumars at No. 42, Your Life in
Their Hands, Celebrity
Big Brother 2
Appearances: The Mumbo Jumbo, Virtual Sexuality
Biography: Melinda worked as an air stewardess and later
as an office manager
for a Swindon marketing company before getting her big break in
was while she was signed to the Jason Paul Modelling Agency, that
she was selected for a poster advertising campaign by Gloucester-based
double glazing company Glevum Windows.
subsequent exposure brought her to the attention of The Daily Star
who devoted a centre page spread to her in early 1997. She was then
poached by The Sun newspaper who promptly hailed her 'Page Three
Girl of the Thrillenium'.
topless photos in the tabloid led to her becoming one of the most
popular 'Page 3' girls the UK has ever seen.
was during this period that she left the Jason Paul Agency and signed
up with Yvonne Paul, who had earlier steered glamour models such
as Samantha Fox to fame in the 80s.
being thrust into the limelight via her glamour modelling, Melinda
sensibly decided to move away from this type of work into TV presenting
with appearances on Eurotrash and as a guest presenter on Channel
5's Jack Docherty Show.
led to her own Channel 5 chat show - Melinda's Big Night In.
the late 90s she maintained her public profile with appearances
in shows such as Gimme Gimme Gimme and Shooting Stars.
odd minor movie role also came her way such as the Brit teen flick,
Virtual Sexuality where she played 'Superbra Girl', as well as a
cameo in the little-seen, The Mumbo Jumbo.
her most well-known TV presenting role was in Fort Boyard on Channel
5 which ran for five series. She joined ex-Eastender Leslie Grantham
and Catweazle star Geoffrey Bayldon in this Crystal Maze-type game
show which tested contestants physical agility and brainpower on
a sea fortress in France.
her busy career, she found time to marry long-standing boyfriend
Wayne Roberts in Bali in November 1998. The couple have since had
two children - Morgan and Flynn, born in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
has always remained loyal to her home town of Swindon and lives
with her family just outside the town in the nearby village of Wanborough.
entering the Big Brother house
stepped in as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 2002 after the
model Caprice pulled out to appear in a West End play.
Melinda was in the house, she remained good-humoured throughout
and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
even remained composed when after successfully completing the assault
course task, she was rewarded with a video message from husband
Wayne and her children.
quiet self-assurance and sunny personality
led early evictees such as Goldie and Sue Perkins to dub her an
emotionless 'blonde Vulcan' with a 'Vader presence'.
the show's run, Melinda had been bookmaker's favourite to win the
contest. She eventually finished third with 9% of the votes - behind
Les Dennis and Mark Owen.
celebrities from previous reality TV programmes have received a
massive career boost from taking part. With charisma and talent
in abundance, Melinda will surely follow suit.
- Melinda has always publicly denied having breast implants!
- She is left-handed
- When she first became famous, she fibbed about her age - claiming
she was 22 when she was really 26!
- She apeared in a pop video for the band Snug
- She was estranged from her mother Avis who objected to her glamour
work. They have since reconciled following the birth of her sons
- She has two brothers - Jamie and Warren
- Melinda hopes to adopt or foster a child one day
- She is currently studying for a degree in Philosophy at Reading
has played Cinderella in pantomime a total of four times
- She will be appearing as the Princess in the Christmas panto
Aladdin at the Birmingham Hippodrome from December 21st 2002 to
February 9th 2003
- Her favourite film is The Royal Tennenbaums and her favourite
song is 'Everybody's Talkin' by Harry Nilsson
in streaming Real Audio to BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter
Sandy Martin in conversation with Melinda in December 2000.