Ex-Sunrise host Melissa Doyle stuns fans with real age

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

She was a mainstay on Channel 7 for 25 years but, according to her fans, TV icon Melissa Doyle doesn't look a day over 21 years old.

The former Sunrise host stunned her followers on social media on Thursday by sharing a glowing selfie in honour of her 51st birthday.

Selfie of former Sunrise host Melissa Doyle taken sitting in a car
Ex-Sunrise host Melissa Doyle has stunned fans with her real age. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7.

"51 years on this planet and I’m embracing every experience, laugh line, challenge & opportunity," the mum-of-two wrote in the caption.

"Feeling very loved, and grateful I’m still having a ball!! #onlygettingstarted," she added.

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Happy birthday messages flowed in from Mel's famous pals including Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie, fellow Channel 7 star Kylie Gillies and PR queen, Roxy Jacenko.

"Happy birthday @melissadoyle7 the most delightful person in media," SAS Australia star Roxy wrote.

Mel's long-time fans also flooded the comments section with well wishes and compliments on her 'ageless' visage.

"You are the epitome of 'anti-aging'...you just look younger and younger each year," wrote one.

"Looking amazing as always!" added another.

"Happy birthday Mel, you still look 21. You are ageless & gorgeous, enjoy every birthday from here as they are so worth celebrating," said a third.

TV personality Melissa Doyle with her lookalike daughter, 17-year-old Talia wearing formal dresses in the back of a car
Mel with her lookalike daughter, 17-year-old Talia. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7.

Fond farewell

Mel confirmed she was departing Channel 7 after 25 years with the network in August 2020, saying that she was “sad to be leaving”.

The newsreader, best known for her roles hosting Sunrise opposite David Koch for more than a decade and at the helm of Sunday Night for four years, made the announcement on her Instagram account.

“For half of my life I have called Channel Seven home and in that time I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and report on some of the greatest moments in history," she wrote.

“I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and so grateful to have worked with some of the very best in my industry," she added.

TV personality Melissa Doyle wearing a red dress in a promotional photo for Channel Seven
Mel officially parted ways with Channel 7 in August 2020 after 25 years with the network. Photo: Instagram/melissadoyle7.

Throughout her more than two decades with the network, Mel held presenting and hosting roles on a wide array of programs including Today Tonight, Sunrise, 7NEWS and Sunday Night.

Sunday Night was axed in October 2019, leading to speculation about her future with the company, though at the time it was confirmed she would remain with the network in a ‘variety’ of roles.

Mel's final gig with Channel 7 was as host of The Latest. In a recent interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, Mel revealed that she and her husband, sports marketing executive John Dunlop, are focusing on their two teen kids right now.

Additional reporting by Penny Burfitt.

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