Young entrepreneur Meryl Fernandes has many strings to her bow. Fernandes is a stage and screen actress, a business woman and most notably an exciting new presenter who narrowly escaped life as a microbiologist. Best known for playing Afia in Eastenders, Meryl was contracted for three weeks on the show, but her feisty character portrayal proved such a hit that she stayed in the award winning soap for three years.
At A-level Meryl eagerly lept into the academic path of Chemistry, Biology and Geography with the aim to study Microbiology at university. However it was her mother who encouraged her to pursue a career in the arts after seeing her natural ability to perform. Meryl’s parents were raised in Nairobi and Goa, where such opportunities were not an option and so encouraged her to be creative. Meryl immediately set her sights on the Millennium Performing Arts Academy given it’s towering calibre of education in the field, but in order to attend the £10,000 annual fees academy, Meryl needed to obtain a singing scholarship. In a highly impressive feat of drive and talent, Meryl beat over 100 hopeful students to win the single singing scholarship place available for all three years...read more
Unsurprisingly it wasn’t long before Meryl landed her first West End show The Far Pavillions at the Shaftesbury theatre. She went on to perform at The National Theatre in critically acclaimed plays The Man of Mode with Tom Hardy and A Matter of Life and Death. Her television credits followed in programs such as BBC 1’s Doctor Who, ITV’s Demons and C5’s Minder staring in scenes alongside Rik Mayall.
Never one to stand still, Meryl decided to take the brave step of opening up her own vintage clothes shop in the epicenter of vintage, London’s street style capital, Hoxton. Her obsession and keen eye for vintage clothing paired with her focused drive and true East End childhood made her business venture a match made in heaven. The doors to Found East London were open for a tenacious 6 years. However, Meryl could see trends changing and the market being over saturated with expensive East London vintage shops, so she adpated to the change in consumer needs and rebranded the shop as a lifestyle store called thethestore – a project that compliments her personal style while championing independent designers from around the world. Meryl’s exceptional taste led her to taking charge of the interior design for fiancé Tom Oldroyd’s restaurant, ‘OLDROYD’ in Islington – which has received much acclaim.
Meryl has just fronted her own Channel 4 short Crazy, Sexy, Cool. The six episode series gave Meryl direct access to celebrities and their wardrobes. Using clothes as a starting point, she was able to delve into their world and find out emotive stories about their lives.
Meryl Fernandes is an impressive, engaging and down to earth local girl. This natural and bright presenter is only just getting started – expect big things.