She has two younger sisters and a fat hamster called Email.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys designing and making clothes. She wore one of her own creations to the National Television Awards in 2010.
Melissa is an accomplished musician. She plays many instruments including the piano, guitar, alto saxophone and steel pans. She also writes a lot of her own music, some of which can be found on her Audioboo account.
Ranked #91 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Lucy Beale (2010).
Is close friends with her former EastEnders (1985) co-star Shona McGarty.