Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
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Photoshoot for the Daily Star
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Melinda Jayne Messenger (born 23 February 1971) is an English ex-glamour model, Page 3 girl and current television presenter. She formerly presented the magazine programme Live from Studio Five and is currently co-broadcaster of the reality show Cowboy Builders. She is sometimes known by her alter-ego "Rebecca Rowley"
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 knickers 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 was not 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 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 film 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
Following the birth of her first child Morgan on 7 April 2000, which was by emergency caesarian section after she collapsed with pre-eclampsia, Messenger then concentrated on developing her career as a television presenter.
Messenger released the "Back Into Shape Workout" DVD after the birth of her first child. It was a six week fitness programme designed to get mothers back into shape after the birth of their baby. She appeared on "Noel Edmonds – Gotcha!" in which she was one of the subjects to receive the treatment from Noel and his team.
Messenger had her own issue of ‘At Home With...” magazine called 'At Home With Melinda Messenger", which was aimed at parents. She joined with chef Antony Worrall Thompson in May 2008 for the recipe book “The Sweet Life”, in which she contributed some recipes.
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, wit
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Melinda Jane Messenger (born 23 February 1971) is an English ex-glamour model, Page 3 girl and current television presenter. She formerly presented the magazine programme Live from Studio Five and is currently co-broadcaster of the reality show Cowboy Builders. She is sometimes known by her alter-ego "Rebecca Rowley"
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