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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Mel and Sue to star in their first sitcom together

Playing hapless assassins

Mel and Sue are to star in their first sitcom together – playing a pair of hapless killers.

The former Bake Off duo play  two best friends who have stumbled into a career in contract killing in the six-part comedy Hitmen for Sky One’s

Mel Giedroyc plays Jamie,  an ‘affable goof’ while Sue Perkins is the ‘super sensitive’ Fran who is  reconsidering whether she is in the right job.

Sue said: "I’m delighted to be part of this project, I can’t wait to sit for months on end in a hot van with my old, flatulent, double act partner."

Mel added: 'It’s 30 years that I met Sue Perkins, and we had happy times together playing ridiculous characters, then spent hours in a fetid van in order to release them around the country. Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that's a great comfort.'

The show is being made by Tiger Aspect, and executive producer Myfanwy Moore said: "We are so excited to be working with the truly fantastic female comedy partnership that is Mel and Sue, who can brandish bullets and banter brilliantly in equal measure.’

And Sky's head of comedy  Jon Mountague said  Hitmen would 'capture the chemistry of Mel and Sue and their playfulness in a scripted comedy world'.

Hitmen – which will premiere on Sky One in 2019 – is being written by Joe Parham and Joe Markham with contributions from Mel and Sue, 

Sky is also making another series of comedy shorts, the full details of which Chortle can exclusively reveal here.

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Published: 24 Sep 2018

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