Sue Perkins is a comedian, writer and presenter. One half of comedy duo Mel and Sue, she has also presented a vast range of TV and radio programmes covering everything from brass bands to baking, from travelling to history; her new panel show Insert Name Here kicked off in 2016. In her talks, she offers a healthy serving of historical, comical and culinary tales.
The quick-fire, self-deprecating wit of Sue Perkins has made her a household name and a firm favourite on British television.
Entertaining the nation for nearly fifteen years with her unique brand of comedy, Sue has presented programmescovering a vast host of topics, including art, food, popular fiction, travel and history, kicking off 2016 on BBC2 with her new panel show 'Insert Name Here'.
Along with the release of her memoir 'Spectacles' in 2015 (two decades earlier than she had expected to finish it), the same year saw the airing of her second BBC travel documentary ‘Kolkata with Sue Perkins’; following the success of ‘The Mekong River with Sue Perkins’, the travelogue has been praised as one of the most sensitive and moving travel shows of recent years.
Her career on television begun as one half of double actMel and Sue. Jumping, shouting and gurning together, the pair 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'.
The two have continued to present together on the hugely popular 'The Great British Bake Off' whose 2015 series finale pulled in 13 million viewers (making it the most watched TV show of the year!); in the past, Mel and Sue have also appeared in five national tours and six Edinburgh festivals, played netball on 'Room 101', dressed up as Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson for 'Celebrity Stars in their Eyes', and been propositioned, twice, by Michael Bolton.
In 2008, Sue appeared on the BBC show 'Maestro', which she won, culminating in her conducting at 'The Last Night of the Proms'. She has also collaborated with the food critic Giles Coren on a number of programmes including 'The Supersizers' series, where they got to experience food (and wine) from a variety of historical periods.
Some of Sue's other presenting credits include three series of the Sky film show 'Movie Babylon', two series of 'Good Evening Rockall' for BBC3, and Radio 4’s 'Dilemma'; she is also a regular contributor to 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC1), 'Newsnight Review' (BBC2), 'Never Mind the Full Stops' (BBC4), 'Clive Anderson's Chat Room', 'It's Been A Bad Week' (Radio 2), 'Just a Minute', 'The News Quiz', 'Heresy', and 'The Personality Test' (Radio 4).
2013 saw the premiere of Sue's own sitcom 'Heading Out' on BBC 2, which she starred in, wrote and produced as a co-production with her company Square Peg TV and Red Productions. This series followed on 'Climbed Every Mountain', Square Peg’s first co-production with Northern Upstart in 2011 where Sue traced the story of the Von Trapp Family.
As well as writing two full-length stand-up shows, 'Spectacle Wearer of the Year' and 'The Disappointing Second Show', which have toured extensively to sell-out crowds, Sue has been crowned, officially, The World's Greatest Liar in a hard fought contest in a pub in Cumbria.