Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins

Date of birth: 22-11-1969
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. She was interrupted by a girl called Mel Giedroyc, marking the the start of a double act that would last 17 years.

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 county.

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Sue Perkins is the Dragon

Comedian unveiled as Masked Singer semi-finalist

Sue Perkins was unveiled as the celebrity inside the Dragon costume on The Masked Singer tonight.

None of the judges correctly guessed the comedian and former Great British Bake-Off host was the mystery star.

She said that she loved the freedom performing in disguise gave her, telling host Joel Dommett: 'Being dragon is liberating and brilliant, I have been able to be playful and silly and childlike, and things you can't be.'

'I would never ever sing, and that’s the reason I so wanted to do this. I am terrified of performing in public. What would be interesting is me singing without the mask, let's see if it broke the spell for me.’

’Everyone should unleash their inner dragon, or blob, or whatever they’ve got.’

Bookies did have Perkins as second favourite to be Dragon, behind drag artist Courtney Act. Michelle Visage, Ian H Watkins and Miranda Hart had also been touted as possibles.

For her final performance on the show, Perkins sang Adele’s Make You Feel My Love.

Singer Gabrielle was also revealed as the singer behind Harlequin on tonight’s semi-final of the ITV show, which featured Matt Lucas as a guest judge.

Last week, Blob was revealed to be Sir Lenny Henry.

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Published: 6 Feb 2021

Namedropping | BBC axes Sue Perkins panel show


The BBC has dropped Sue Perkins’ panel show Insert…

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