It's hard to believe that model-turned-presenter Melanie Sykes has been tantalising us on screen for almost 20 years, since she first came to our attention in one of television's most memorable endorsements, the Boddington's Cream of Manchester campaign of 1996 ("What a flake in that, love?").
Her Northern charm, earthiness and genetic advantages ensured a fruitful and diverse career on the silver screen followed. There have been stints on The Big Breakfast, Today with Des and Mel and The Paul O'Grady Show. Let's also not forget her first glossy cover with Esquire back in 1998.
Fast forward to 2014, and at 44, the raven-haired beauty still makes us go weak at the knees. But how do mere mortals stand a chance? Well, if you¹re fortunate enough to be in the presence of Ms Skyes, take note of her pointers here.
I like a man who appreciates a woman. Someone confident, without being arrogant. They have to be fun too.
Insecurity is the worst quality in a man. That leads to jealousy, which is bad.
My perfect date would be a walk, then to the pub to play pool. If you want to get to know somebody it’s best to be out and about. My first husband took me on a date in Primrose Hill once; we got fish and chips, sat on top of the hill, talked and laughed.
Lana del Rey sums it up perfectly; blue jeans and a white shirt. I like that. It’s classic. The shoes have to be right, though.
I hate pointy shoes on a man. When they were in fashion I hated them, now they’re even more of a crime.
Men who wear a rucksack with a suit are a turn off. I don’t understand it, it’s not a good look. Invest in a nice man bag.
Floppy Hugh Grant style hair looks good, but equally bald men are very sexy; as long as men shave it off and don’t fanny around with what they’ve got left.
If a man were to approach me in the street or in a bar it’s fine as long as they do it with conviction and confidence. If they’re shifty then it’s scary.
Be healthy and keep yourself fit. Although I wouldn’t want to date someone who spends his life in the gym or who can’t enjoy a nice meal. You can look at a man and appreciate his incredible body but actually their social life in non-existent, because of that body.
I don’t have a type, for me it's about character; someone’s spirit. Of course I like good-looking blokes, model types. Who doesn’t? However, looks alone don’t make the man. Someone that’s funny and who makes me laugh, that’s good.
Jealousy is a deal breaker for me, I can’t work with that. If you say you can handle being with someone like me then you have to be able to do it.
A man can drink whatever he wants. I don’t care.
European men are more romantic and open with their emotion, that’s the main contrast with British men.
A badly dressed man can be a turn off, yes. Jeans that fray around the bottom make me shudder.
The Maldives is the perfect place for lovers. There’s nothing else to do apart from eat, snorkel and shag. What more do you want when you’re on holiday with your other half?
If a man knows his wine then that’s quite cool
Could I date someone famous? Yes, although it doesn’t bother me what a man does, it’s about the person, which is why I don’t have a type.