Profile: Sue Perkins


Sue began her career as half of double-act Mel and Sue on Channel Four’s daytime show, Light Lunch, which ran for five series before transferring to an evening slot, Late Lunch, marking the start of an act that has lasted for seventeen years. Mel and Sue have appeared in five national tours, six Edinburgh festivals, and played netball on Room 101.

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. Sue is 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, The Personality Test (Radio 4).

Over the last two years, Sue has written two full-length stand-up shows, Spectacle Wearer of the Year and The Disappointing Second Show, which have toured extensively to sellout crowds.

Sue dressed up in whalebone corsetry for the BBC4 documentary, Edwardian Supersize Me, where she ate thirty courses a day, and she has recently appeared with Giles Coren in The Supersizers Go on BBC2.

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Memorable Quotes

You are cocooned in this wall of brilliance and suddenly you can hear the resin sparking off the bow as the strings are playing – it’s sensory overload!

It’s getting out there, it’s handling the volume of people, the nerves, the cameras the audience behind you which I’m going to find very, very strange; to get a measure of control and potency in that first wordless second before you just slam down the hand.

If I look a buffoon while I’m transported by a piece of music then so be it, I don’t care.

It would be nice to move beyond ‘this is how to beat time’ to getting that bloke over there and that woman over there to use their knowledge to create something mercurial and brilliant - that would be very exciting.

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