Melanie Jayne Chisholm (born 12 January 1974) is an English singer–songwriter, actress and businesswoman. She is best known as one of the five members of the girl group Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed "Sporty Spice". Performing as Melanie C (Mel C) as a solo artist, she released four albums, earned nominations for a BRIT and ECHO Awards and charted at the top of Billboard Dance Chart in the United States in late 2000.
Chisholm has sold 10 million albums as a solo artist and holds the second position for most United Kingdom number-ones by a female co-writer only behind Madonna and her former Spice Girls bandmate Geri Halliwell. She is also third after John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the most UK number-one singles by a British co-writer and is the only female to reach the UK number-one as part of a quintet, quartet, duo and as a solo artist.