'A mini Mel': Proud mum Melissa Doyle gushes over lookalike daughter's big milestone

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Mel at the Harper's Bazaar "Fabulous At Every Age" event in 2016. Photo: Getty Images.

Former Sunday Night host Melissa Doyle, 49, has shared a proud mum moment she experienced while sending her ‘grown-up’ daughter Natalie off to her year 10 school formal.

The Channel 7 star took to Instagram on Friday night to post a gorgeous snap of her ‘baby girl’ who was all dressed up for the milestone event in a stunning navy ankle-length gown and strappy red high heels.

“Oh my gosh ... my baby girl just grew up! #year10formal,” the mum-of-two gushed in the caption.

Mel shared this sweet snap of her 'baby girl' before her high school formal. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7

Doyle doppelgänger

Mel’s followers were quick to point out the striking resemblance between the two blondes and shared their reactions in the comments.

“It’s a Mini Mel,” Paralympian Curt McGrath wrote.

“She is as gorgeous as her Mumma,” remarked a fan.

“She looks like her mum...stunning!” complimented another.

Mel and daughter Natalie at the opening night of Muriel's Wedding The Musical in 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

One pointed out that Natalie was striking exactly the same pose as her TV star parent.

“Oh Mel she is stunning and holds her hands just like you when you stand and talk,” they wrote.

Others were similarly astounded by how much the teen had matured.

“NO WAY!” wrote one, to which Mel replied, “I know!”

“No way I remember the little girl starting kindy. Growing up to quick Mel,” said another.

Mel shared this throwback snap to celebrate her son Nick's high school graduation. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7
Mel and 18-year-old Nick in September 2019. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7

Mel’s ‘little guy’

It’s not the first time the former Sunrise star has shared happy snaps of her kids who she shares with hubby John Dunlop. Back in September, Mel posted a sweet throwback snap to celebrate her son Nick’s high school graduation.

“Well, he made it! My little guy finished high school today & I’m sure I’m not the only parent to shed a few tears,” she captioned the photo.

Just a few days earlier, Mel uploaded a candid pic of her and the dapper-looking 18-year-old at the Brownlow awards where the pair were supporting their favourite AFL team, the GWS Giants.

'We'll go out with a smile': Mel on her final episode of now-axed Sunday Night. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7

Sunday Night axed

On November 24, Mel shared a heartfelt final farewell to her role on flagship news program Sunday Night after four years in the hosting seat.

“From my first night on @sundaynighton7 to tonight, my last. ‪But before we all begin new chapters, we’ll go out with a smile as we reflect on 11 years of great stories, from great crews & some of the most remarkable people who trusted us with them,” she captioned a photo of herself on the Sunday Night set.

Channel Seven announced it was axing the show after a decade-long run on Aussie screens in October following rumours of unrest and reports the network’s new CEO, James Warburton, was keen to dramatically reduce costs.

Craig McPherson, Seven Network’s Director of News and Public Affairs said in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, that axing the show was a ‘tough decision’ to make.

Mel has yet to reveal her post-Sunday Night plans but is still hosting the Weekend Breakfast radio program on smoothfm.

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