Born in the sleepy Herefordshire town of Ledbury without a right hand and forearm, Melissa’s successful television and theatre work is already breaking boundaries.
She attended the East 15 Acting School, where she was one of the first actors with a disability to win a Laurence Olivier Bursary, given to the best emerging actors. Her small screen debut came in 2013 when she landed a role in Doctors, going on to earn additional credits in Silk and Casualty (all BBC). But it was her portrayal of first Sadie Moore in thriller The Interceptor (BBC) in 2015 and then Imogen Pascoe in long-running soap Coronation Street (ITV) from 2017 that really thrust her into the limelight.
In 2018, Melissa featured in the Shaw Trust’s 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK and she was shortlisted for the Positive Role Model award at the National Diversity Awards.
Melissa is currently filming a new six-part BBC drama called Life, by The Town writer Mike Bartlett, in which she plays one of the leads. She is also developing a one woman show in collaboration with The Lowry and Live Theatre.