Melanie Sykes is a leading TV presenter, famed for presenting ‘Shop Well for Less’ and ‘Today with Des and Mel’. Having also appeared as a contestant on celebrity game shows, Mel is highly sought after as an event host and as a presenter by top media outlets. In 2021, aged 51, Melanie was diagnosed with Autism, with her son also diagnosed as Autistic at three years old. Now booked as a speaker or host for corporate events, Melanie highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion, sharing her and her son’s journey of being diagnosed with Autism.
Having established a strong reputation as a TV presenter, Melanie first came to public attention when she starred on Boddingtons Bitter adverts. She had her first presenting credit in the 90s, hosting the Real TV UK series on Sky One. From that point on, her TV career has flourished, having since presented shows such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, The Vault, Celebrities Under Pressure and The Paul O’Grady Show. She has also been the host of Let’s Do Lunch With Mel and Gino, Let’s Do Christmas with Mel and Gino and Missing Millions. Other TV credits include hosting The British Soap Awards, presenting Humble Pie and competing in shows such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Masterchef, The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off and The Chase Celebrity edition
In 2021, Melanie was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 51, describing her diagnosis as ‘Life-affirming’. Melanie’s son has also been diagnosed with Autism, and she now passionately advocates the need for a change in education and the treatment of people with Autism. She is passionate about ensuring that people feel comfortable with their diagnosis and promotes the support of people with autism both in the workplace and society as a whole. She also pushes for men and women with autism to be treated differently, as they show signs of Autism differently- emphasising her passion for correct education surrounding Autism.
A famed TV presenter, Melanie is now booked as a speaker for a range of corporate and public events, to share her journey of being diagnosed with Autism. Stating that the struggles she has overcome throughout her career now make sense with her diagnosis, Melanie helps others to come to terms with their diagnosis. Campaigning for increased education on neurodiversity, book Melanie Sykes today for a personal, informed and engaging speech on the importance of understanding neurodiversity and Autism.