Sep. 22nd, 1969
East Dulwich, London, England, UK
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Susan Elizabeth Perkins (born 22 September 1969) is an English comedian, broadcaster and conductor. She was born in East Dulwich, London.
Perkins was educated at Croham Hurst School, an independent school for girls in Croydon in South London, at the same time as the BBC Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid. She later 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.
Perkins has been a presenter on Channel 4's RI:SE and appeared in Celebrity Big Brother during 2002 in aid of a number of charities.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; she has often joked that the BBC pay her a regular wage for "blabbering on random shows".
Perkins hosted Good Evening, Rockall (second series), a short-lived news orientated panel game shown on BBC Choice. She 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 August and September 2008, Sue Perkins appeared in the reality TV talent show television series Maestro on BBC Two. She then conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra at Proms in the Park, part of the BBC's Last Night of the Proms.
Also in 2008 Perkins narrated the series ....and Proud on Virgin 1.
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. She presented and performed Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas, a sixty minute documentary for BBC Two broadcast on 30 December 2011 which examined the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine.
She has, on occasion, presented The Culture Show. She presented this show when it came from the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012, and interviewed Nile Rodgers, a member of the American disco pop music group Chic.
She appeared with Charley Boorman in S01E01 of BBC World's Most Dangerous Roads: Alaska shown in 2011 where they drove the Dalton Highway. She then appeared with Liza Tarbuck in S02E02 of BBC World's Most Dangerous Roads: Ho Chi Minh Trail shown in 2012 where they drove in Vietnam and Laos.
Following her success in Maestro, Perkins guest-conducted the London Lesbian/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. She was the chairman of BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge until the show finished in 2004. Perkins appeared every day in the last half hour of Mark Radcliffe's afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 2, when he sat in for Steve Wright.
Since 2006 Perkins has been a panellist on a Radio 4 show, The Personality Test, a quiz show about the host, presented by a different host each week. Past hosts include Gyles Brandreth and Rick Wakeman, and other panelists include Robin Ince, Lucy Porter, and Will Smith. Perkins is a regular cast member of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show.
Perkins also chairs the Radio 4 panel game Dilemma, in which four humorous guests discussed moral conundrums she provided for them. The first series ran for six episodes on Sunday evenings from 13 November to 18 December 2011.
Perkins was a judge for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
Perkins has performed two stand-up comedy solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Spectacle Wearer Of The Year 2006" in 2005 and "The Disappointing Second Show" in 2006.
Perkins lives in London and Penzance.
She was outed as a lesbian in 2002 by her ex-girlfriend Rhona Cameron during Cameron's appearance on ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. Perkins had a four-year relationship with artist Kate Williams, until early 2012.
In August 2012 she appeared on Tatler's list of coolest lesbians.
- Has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, where she also met her comedy partner 'Mel Giedroyc' (qv).
- Achieved Grade 8 Piano.
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