Mel Giedroyc: ‘Mary Berry is the biggest party an­i­mal!’

Mel Giedroyc shares her en­thu­si­asm for all life has to of­fer – and her unique tips for a happy mar­riage

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It feels al­most im­pos­si­ble to dis­as­so­ci­ate Mel Giedroyc from her part­ner-in-crime Sue Perkins, and, while she’s best known as one half of the hi­lar­i­ous pre­sent­ing duo, Mel has sev­eral lesser­known strings to her bow. She most re­cently wrapped up her per­for­mance in the London stage pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s Much

Ado About Noth­ing, while con­tin­u­ing to jug­gle life as a mum to two teenage daughters.

Mel, who re­cently turned 50, has no in­ten­tion of tak­ing it any eas­ier. In fact, she’s found reach­ing half a cen­tury is some­thing to be em­braced.

‘Some­times I think, Do I need to go and get a few lit­tle stitches put in on my neck? But then I think I’d get taken the mick out of so badly by friends and fam­ily… So, no, we’re not go­ing to go down any of those routes at all. I’m go­ing to en­joy be­ing 50, cel­e­brate it, be hon­est about it. I’m own­ing it and it’s go­ing to be great.’

Mel’s plan­ning the biggest party of her life to cel­e­brate in style with friends and fam­ily.

‘I think I’m go­ing to set aside three days for the party: It’s go­ing to be big, that’s all I’m say­ing,’ Mel con­fesses. ‘There will be a lot of per­i­menopausal women leap­ing around, sweat­ing, prob­a­bly vom­it­ing, maybe a bit of inappropriate snog­ging, then hor­ren­dous re­gret for about four days, then ev­ery­thing just gets back to nor­mal.’

The public won’t get a glimpse of Mel’s bash, as she in­sists the snaps will fea­ture ex­clu­sively in the Giedroyc fam­ily al­bum – but there’s one fa­mil­iar guest who’s set to light up the dance floor.

‘Mary Berry is the biggest party an­i­mal. She’s danced at Pacha night­club in Ibiza,’ Mel re­veals. ‘She’s al­ways the last to leave the party, and I’ve tried to out­ma­noeu­vre her on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but never man­aged it. She will out-party the finest – she’s amaz­ing!’

While Mel ap­pears to have high hopes for her birth­day

bash, that’s not the only event she’ll be or­gan­is­ing. The pre­sen­ter is cur­rently work­ing with Marie Curie’s Great Bloom­ing Tea Party – an ini­tia­tive that helps raise money for the char­ity which pro­vides sup­port around ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

‘I love Marie Curie. I love the nurses, and I think they’re ex­tra­or­di­nary with what they do. This is my fourth year of in­volve­ment with the Great Bloom­ing Tea Party, and I think I was orig­i­nally ap­proached be­cause of my links with baked goods,’ she laughs. Al­though she and Sue, 48, left TV’s The Great Bri­tish Bake Off in 2016, they have since em­barked on a num­ber of new TV chal­lenges, in­clud­ing BBC1’s re­boot of

The Gen­er­a­tion Game. The new-look show left view­ers di­vided, but Mel has her own ideas for what she and Sue could do if it were to re­turn for a sec­ond se­ries.

‘It was ut­terly nerve-rack­ing, but it was the first out­ing, and my hope would be that if we get to do some more, we would just start to en­joy it, ac­tu­ally,’ Mel ex­plains.

‘Bru­cie [Sir Bruce Forsyth] set the bar very, very high, and I hope that we can some­how chan­nel Bru­cie in what we do, but we have got to make it our own, re­ally. And the most im­por­tant thing for us is to give the con­tes­tants a re­ally good time, where they come away from it and think Gosh, that was such a good laugh! Then you’ve got a great show.’

For Mel, fam­ily al­ways comes first. De­spite de­scrib­ing life at home with her hus­band Ben Mor­ris and their daughters Florence, 16, and Vita, 14, as ‘chaos’, it’s clear she wouldn’t change a thing.

‘For 17 years, it’s been a blur of patch­work child­care, chaos, tears, laugh­ter, knit­ting things and just generally tak­ing it day by day,’ Mel admits. ‘But I wouldn’t have it any other way – and, frankly, I don’t think my kids would, ei­ther.’

You might think be­ing half of one of TV’s fun­ni­est pre­sent­ing duos would earn some kind of cred­i­bil­ity with teenagers, but Mel con­fesses that it’s quite the op­po­site in her house­hold.

‘They think ev­ery­thing I say,

‘I adore my kids – but, my good­ness, they don’t want to hang out with me in public’

do, wear, be­lieve in, is from the un­coolest planet in the Galaxy. I’m hoping it will all just come full cir­cle. I mean, they love me and I adore them – but, my good­ness, they don’t want to hang out with me in public.’

Mel has the per­fect help­ing hand in hus­band Ben. What’s their se­cret?

‘Try­ing to ig­nore the nasal and ear hair on both our sides. A lot of laugh­ter and a shared love of the small things in life,’ she says.

‘It’s not about trips to Lis­bon – those days are long gone. It’s about get­ting through the day. I think it’s sort of rev­el­ling in the mad­ness and the slow de­cline and laugh­ing at it. That’s what you keeps you to­gether.’

The orig­i­nal BBC GBBO line-up Mel en­joys life to the full, from great success to the small things

Mel with Ben and their girls in 2014 Sue and Mel as Bar­bara Dick­son and Elaine Paige Panel show Cast­ing Couch Mel in­vites you to sup­port ter­mi­nal-ill­ness char­ity Marie Curie by hold­ing a fundrais­ing tea party of your own. Marie Curie is count­ing on...

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