Melissa was born in Wythenshawe on 18 December 1972 and she is an English television presenter, best known for her BBC programmes, To Buy or Not to Buy and Escape to the Country.
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 property website based in Kensington.
While on a team building exercise, a few of the instructors suggested she was quite good. 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. As a writer and property expert, Melissa has written for the Mail on Sunday and Yahoo.
In 2007 she filmed 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.
Born of Italian-Czech parentage, Melissa got the property bug from her parents as they moved from one house renovation project to the next in Cheshire. She graduated in retail marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in marketing and property relocation before being spotted.
Melissa puts her property knowledge into practice: together with Charlie Smurfit she was the co-founder of property design and renovation company Porter & Smurfit. She has renovated and sold several homes and most recently sold her Wandsworth house without using an estate agent. In 2009 Melissa joined Uber Interiors the property design services & resource centre. Uber Interiors provides a complete bespoke, design and renovation service to discerning clients.
Melissa enjoys sport, particularly tennis, motoring, sailing and ski-ing, both water-skiing and black runs on snow. She is a patron of the British Thyroid Association and supports the work of sailing charity Kids Company. She has a passion for photography, and has taken part in several notable art photo shoots.