Michelle was born in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne on 19th July 1979. At the age of 3 she began attending stage & dance school studying acting & dance. From 9 to 17 she sang annually in the Haven holiday talent search, winning the regional final every time. Michelle attended Emmanuel College where she acted in the yearly school productions & sang solo in the Christmas Carol concerts. She left to follow her passion for the stage by studying drama & performing arts at Newcastle College, where she graduated with distinction. After college Michelle worked constantly as a jobbing dancer, singer & actor with roles in shows including Byker Grove, Crimewatch (acting in the reconstructions), & Heartbeat. In 2000 she entered ITV1’s nationwide talent search “Popstars” to find the next new pop group. Michelle made the final 10 (the top 5 becoming Hearsay) & along with the other 4 runners up Michelle formed the hugely successful pop group Liberty X.
For 7 years Liberty X dominated the charts, racking up 9 top 10 singles & picking up accolades including a Brit Award, a Disney Award & a Smash Hits Award. With Liberty X, Michelle became a TV regular with appearances on Toonattick, GMTV, CDUK, SMTV & many others. In 2006, the hit ITV2 fly-on the-wall series ‘Michelle & Andy’s Big Day’ documented the lead up to Michelle’s wedding to singer Andy Scott Lee. With the break up of Liberty X in 2007 Michelle returned to Newcastle to star in Cinderella alongside Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney.
She presented the ITV2 series ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now’ in 2007. Michelle was a judge on the RTE1 talent series ‘You’re a Star’ which won an Irish TV award. Michelle was nominated for the ‘Best New Talent to TV’ at the Irish TV awards 2009, the same year she joined C4’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. In 2010 Michelle became a fully qualified personal trainer & instructor with qualifications in step, nutrition, aerobics, weight work & dance. She was selected by Sir Richard Branson to run the London Marathon as part of his Virgin Unite team. Michelle graced the cover of OK! Magazine in 2010 with her January engagement to Hugh Hanley, their Bahamas Wedding in July & her Wedding party in September. Michelle is currently touring the UK in the hit comedy play ‘The Naked Truth’.