Born in East London to Goan-Portuguese parents, entrepreneur Meryl has many strings to her bow as a presenter; stage and screen actress, business woman, and mother.
Meryl Fernandes is the presenter of CBBC’s popular, award-winning show The Dengineers. Hosting alongside Joe Tracini, the makeover show follows teams as they transform a variety of spaces into amazing and unique dens. BAFTA nominated and with an army of fans, it’s the number one watched show on CBBC player.
Meryl's passion for fashion lead to her presenting her own Channel 4 short series 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 discover emotive stories about their lives. Following this, she then presented Channel 4’s The World of Weird, a documentary series which saw her meet some of the world's most extraordinary and unbelievable people, situations and phenomena.
One of Meryl’s big career breaks was playing Afia on Eastenders. Meryl was only contracted onscreen for three weeks, but her feisty character portrayal proved such a hit she stayed in the award-winning soap for three years!..read more
Never one to stand still, after Eastenders Meryl ran her own vintage clothing store in Hackney for six years, before rebranding to a lifestyle/design store for another two years. Meryl’s store was featured in design magazines Wallpaper and Monocle and was listed in ES magazine as one of their 'Top 50 independent shops in London'. Her exceptional taste led to a new business endeavour, and Meryl oversaw the design elements for her restaurant Oldroyd, in Islington, which is co-owned with her fiancé chef Tom Oldroyd. Stood to much acclaim, they also opened The Duke of Richmond pub in Hackney, making her officially a landlady!
Meryl’s career began when she was awarded a scholarship at Millennium Performing Arts School where she studied Drama and Musical Theatre. It wasn’t long before Meryl landed her first West End show, The Far Pavilions, at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She then 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, with Kneehigh Theatre. Her television credits followed in programs such as BBC One’s Doctor Who, ITV’s Demons and C5’s Minder starring alongside Rik Mayall.
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