Sue began her career as one half of double act Mel and Sue. In 1993 they performed at the Edinburgh Festival, where they were shortlisted for a newcomer award. She has since performed her own stand-up shows there, and toured extensively to sell-out crowds.
As well as appearing on screen with Giles Coren in The Supersizers... series' and Giles and Sue Live the Good Life, she has written for French and Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous. In 2008 she won BBC Two's conductor competition Maestro, and went on to conduct the full BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an audience of 35,000 at Proms in the Park. She has since conducted at The Royal Albert Hall and The Queen Elizabeth Hall.
She is a regular contributor to Have I Got News for You, QI, The News Quiz and Just a Minute. 2009 saw Sue as judge on the Man Booker Prize and, on BBC Two, the presenter of The Art on Your Wall, where she charted the changes in British taste towards domestic art.
In 2010 she was reunited with Mel in The Great British Bake Off on BBC Two, and fronted A Band for Britain, in which she helped the English town of Dinnington to breathe new life into its colliery brass band.
Sue Perkins has fronted The Culture Show's Edinburgh Festival coverage since last year, and presented The Culture Show special The Books We Really Read, where she explored the phenomenon of the bestselling novel.