Born in Epsom in 1968, Mel Giedroyc is a presenter, actress, and comedian. Although she’s best known for her television work, Giedroyc also performs in West End shows. She’ll return to the stage in The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre.
In 2007, Giedroyc played the fairy godmother — named Fairy Liquid — in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Barbican. A year later, she appeared as one of the presenters for Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision! at the Novello Theatre.
In 2015, Giedroyc made a one-off appearance as the third Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre. She then made her West End debut as Sarah in the gender-swapped Company revival, alongside Jonathan Bailey and Rosalie Craig. In a Company review on London Theatre, our critic said: “Elliott's production is also given a striking modern sheen… this version is both a departure into new territory and a stunning reaffirmation of its brilliance.”
Following Company, Giedroyc dipped her toe into Shakespeare, playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
In recent decades, Giedroyc’s become a beloved television presenter, best known for her work with collaborator Sue Perkins. The pair met while at Cambridge University, and notably hosted multiple seasons of The Great British Bake Off. In 2015, the pair had their own daytime chat show, titled Mel and Sue, which ran for 30 episodes. They then joined up again in 2017 to host a rebooted version of The Generation Game.
Giedroyc’s even displayed her musical prowess on television, playing Frau Schmidt in a live version of The Sound of Music.
Mel Giedroyc will star in the world premiere of The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre in summer 2023. She’ll star alongside Al Murray, Neil Morrissey, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Joe Thomas.