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Sue is well known as one half of the comedy presenting duo Mel and Sue. She is an established and versatile comedienne and presenter in her own right.
She studied English at New Hall at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1990. While at Cambridge, she was a member of the Footlights, where she met Mel Giedroyc. She was Footlights president during the academic year 1990/91. She first came to notice with Mel Giedroyc as Mel and Sue. The duo short-listed for the Daily Express Best Newcomers Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993. After a few years writing for French & Saunders, they hosted Light Lunch, and an early evening version, Late Lunch. She has also been a presenter on Channel 4’s RI:SE and appeared in Celebrity Big Brother.
She has made numerous appearances on BBC TV shows Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, QI, Room 101, Celebrity Weakest Link, Question Time and Newsnight.
Perkins hosted Good Evening, Rockall. She also appeared in BBC Four’s 2006 language quiz show Never Mind the Full Stops. She was also a team captain on ITV’s Win, Lose or Draw Late, appeared on Celebrity MasterChef in 2006, performed in early 2007 on Celebrity Poker and News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald in 2007.
In March 2010, Perkins appeared in a three part mini-series broadcast on BBC Two A Band for Britain in which she attempted to revive the fortunes of the Dinnington Colliery Band.
Perkins filmed two series which aired on BBC Two in 2010: Giles and Sue Live The Good Life, with Giles Coren, and The Great British Bake Off.
Following her success in the television show Maestro, Perkins guest-conducted the London Gay Symphony Orchestra on 11 October 2009, at St Anne’s Church Garden in Soho. She conducted two pieces, the Simpsons Theme by Danny Elfman, and the William Tell Overture by Rossini, the latter for the first time.
Perkins is a panel member of Radio 4’s The News Quiz and has made regular appearances on BBC Radio 2’s It’s Been a Bad Week. She is also a frequent panelist on another popular Radio 4 show, Just a Minute: in the 2012 television version of that series, she appeared in 4 out of the 10 episodes (more than any other panellist except Paul Merton who appeared in all 10) and won on all 4 occasions.