Who is Sue Perkins, who’s her partner Anna Richardson and when did she meet Mel Giedroyc?


SUE Perkins is one of Britain’s crown jewells of television, as well as being a comic and an innuendo cracking machine.

But what else do we know about this witty presenter whose fame sky-rocketed thanks to Bake Off? Read on for all the info…

 Sue Perkins is a TV behemoth of the 21st century

Sue Perkins is a TV behemoth of the 21st century

Who is Sue Perkins, how old is she and what’s she famous for?

Sue Perkins is a 47-year-old comedian and TV presenter from Croydon, now best-known for spouting pastry innuendos on The Great British Bake Off until 2016.

She met her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc while studying English at Cambridge University, and they first found success after touring with the Footlights.

They then wrote for Radio 4 show Weekending, and penned sketches for French & Saunders, before hosting daytime shows Light Lunch and Late Lunch for Channel 4 between 1997 and 1998. The pair helmed their second less successful chat show, Mel & Sue, for seven months on ITV in 2015.

 Mel and Sue are still a double act to this day but also do things solo

Mel and Sue are still a double act to this day but also do things solo

What else do I know Sue from?

Between her 90s success and her Bake Off renaissance, Sue took part in a whole host of reality TV shows and documentaries.

In 2002 she took part in Celebrity Big Brother for charity and in 2008 she learned how to conduct on BBC reality contest Maestro.

The 5ft 7in jokester also started co-presenting an ongoing historical food documentary series, The Supersizers, with Giles Coren, and they’ve teamed up for other documentaries together too.

Sue herself has admitted that she makes her living from “blabbering on random shows” the BBC shove at her.

However, she did get her own sitcom in 2013 called Heading Out, in which she starred as a gay vet struggling to come out to her parents, but the show never made it past series one.

She’s found success more recently by co-hosting Thronecast, a Sky Atlantic TV chat show for fans of the US fantasy show Game Of Thrones, with Jamie East.

Other TV projects you may have seen her on include game shows Insert Name Here and Don’t Scare The Hare, plus documentary series World’s Most Dangerous Roads.

Famously Sue quit Bake Off when it moved to Channel 4 in 2016, along with Mel and judge Mary Berry, as a display of loyalty to the BBC.

 Sue and Anna Richardson have been together for four years

Sue and Anna Richardson have been together for four years

Is Sue single?

Sue is going out with 46-year-old TV presenter Anna Richardson, who previously had an 18-year relationship with film director Charles Martin.

Anna met Sue at a 2013 Halloween party after her marriage split and soon became involved in an “emotional tsunami” with her.

The Secret Eaters host Anna says of the night they met: “That night was one of the most extraordinary, memorable evenings where literally the planets aligned. Something was in the air that night, and that was the night we got together.

“There was an absolute understanding between us, and we’ve been together ever since. And it’s been profound for me.”

But Sue says of her sexuality that “being a lesbian is only about the 47th most interesting thing about me”.

Due to growth on her brain by her pituitary gland, sue is unable to have children.

What else do we know about Sue?

Sue has a passion for conducting after competing on reality TV show Maestro in 2008, and has led orchestras on numerous occasions.

She also regularly features on BBC radio shows and has judged on the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Her memoirs were released in 2015 under the title Spectacles.

Sue Perkins makes dig at new Great British Bake Off team in BAFTA speech

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