In the autumn of 1988, Sue Perkins,
a student at New College, Cambridge University, got onto a stage for
her first ever stand up routine following a bet with her flatmate. She was interrupted by a girl called
Mel Giedroyc, marking the start of a double act that would last 17
Sue became president of the Cambridge Footlights in 1990,
taking over from Henry Naylor, and in 1993 was shortlisted (with Mel)
for the Daily Express Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival. After a few years writing for French & Saunders they hosted a
lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch, and an teatime version,
Late Lunch, as well as breakfast show RI:SE
On her own, Perkins appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002
on Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Celebrity Weakest Link, Question
Time and Newsnight on TV; and The News Quiz and Just A Minute on Radio 4. She also chaired the Radio 4 panel game 99p Challenge.
In 2005, she premiered her first one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which then toured the country. Sue Perkins's recent solo stand-up shows include Spectacle Wearer of the Year and The Disappointing Second Show.
In 2008 Sue Perkins and Giles Coren explored the history of cuisine in The Supersizers Go.
Also in 2008, Sue Perkins won the BBC series, Maestro. Sue Perkins studied music to a high level and reached grade 8 on the piano.
In 2009 Sue Perkins delivered the RTS Huw Wheldon lecture on BBC2 and worked with Giles Coren again to host The Supersizers Eat.
Sue is a passionate about healthy eating, minimising waste, her dogs, vegetarianism and Charlton Athletic.