Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins - English Comedian - After dinner Speaker - Female Speaker

Sue began her career as one quarter of double act Mel and Sue. They first found fame on Channel Four's daytime show, 'Light Lunch', which ran for five series before transferring to an evening slot with the imaginatively titled, 'Late Lunch'. Together they jumped, shouted and gurned through countless hours of television, marking the start of a double act that has lasted for seventeen years.

Sue has written for French and Saunders and Ab Fab, as well as countless radio series. As a solo performer, she presented three series of the Sky film show, 'Movie Babylon', and two series of 'Good Evening Rockall' for BBC3.


For Edinburgh 2005/2006 Sue performed two full-length stand-up shows, Spectacle Wearer of the Year and The Disappointing Second Show, which have toured extensively to sellout crowds. Sue went onto be crowned, 'The World's Greatest Liar' in a hard fought contest in a pub in Cumbria (BBC Radio 4).

Sue has appeared on many shows including 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC1), 'Never Mind the Full Stops' (BBC4), 'Clive Anderson's Chat Room'(BBC2), 'It's Been A Bad Week' (Radio 2) 'The Personality Test' (Radio 4) and 'Argumental' (BBC2).

Sue is a regular contributor to 'Newsnight Review' (BBC2), 'Just a Minute' (Radio 4), 'QI' (BBC1), 'Count Arthur Strong' (Radio 4) and 'The News Quiz' (Radio 4).

In 2007 Sue was involved in ‘Edwardian Supersize Me' for the BBC alongside Giles Coren, spending a week eating the equivalent of a wealthy Edwardian couple's food, whilst wearing a corset. In 2008 Sue went onto to work on ‘The Supersizers Go...’ where they lived for a week eating food based upon certain diets including the Victorian and Regency period.

In August 2008 Sue Perkins appeared in the TV talent show television series 'Maestro' on BBC Two. Sue won the competition with her mentor conductor Jason Lai and conducted the orchestra at 'Proms in the Park', part of the BBC's ‘Last Night of the Proms’ Her "Maestro" section of the programme was broadcast live from Hyde Park, London on 13 September 2008, in front of a crowd of more than 30,000.

2009 was a very busy year for Sue appearing in a second "Supersizers" series called ‘The Supersizers Eat’, hosting the Channel 4 panel game ‘The Big Food Fight’ and presenting ‘The Art on Your Wall’ for BBC 2 where Sue charted the changes in British taste towards domestic art.

In 2010 Sue worked very hard with The Dinnington Colliery Band for the show ‘A Band for Britain’ (BBC 2). Sue launched a plan to recruit new players and get them competing again. At the start of the year Sue conducted a full orchestra at the Chichester Festival. Sue also appeared on the 'Bubble', 'QI', and 'Pet Nation'.


Sue writes a monthly column for 'BBC Homes and Antiques'.

Additional info

Susan Elizabeth "Sue" Perkins (born 22 September 1969) is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer, born in East Dulwich, London. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue, she has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and TV presenter, notably of The Great British Bake Off.  She is available to hire as an After Dinner Speaker, Female Speaker, Entertaining Speaker, Awards Host and Presenter