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Melissa Porter (born Didsbury, Manchester on 18 December 1972) is an English television presenter, best known for her BBC programmes, To Buy or Not to Buy and Escape to the Country.



Melissa Jayne Porter was born in Didsbury, the middle of three sisters of Italian-Czech parentage, her father was an importer of luxury Italian motorcars.[1] Porter got the property bug from her parents as they moved from one house renovation project to the next in Cheshire. Melissa is 5'11"



After graduating with a degree in Retail Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University, Porter worked as a marketing manager for Marks & Spencer and a brand manager for Playtex. She then worked as a professional relocator for a company based in Knightsbridge

While on a team building exercise, her colleagues suggested she ought to consider a career in television. Porter put a show reel together and CV, and got her first break in 2002 on Granada TV's Men and Motors. Porter then moved to the BBC, presenting a number of shows including Put Your Money Where Your House Is (now transferred to UKTV Style), and Get a New Life.[2]

As a writer and property addict, Melissa has written for the Mail on Sunday and Yahoo.

In 2007 Porter is filming two new series: Escape to the Country and Countryfile: The Summer Diaries; and presenting new segments on travel, relocation and buying property for Barclaycard on GMTV. She has varied projects to carry her through 2008 and 2009.

Other Interests

Personal life

Porter suffers from hypothyroidism[3] She is a patron of the British Thyroid Association .

She enjoys sport, particularly tennis, motoring, sailing and ski-ing, both water-skiing and black runs on snow.


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