She was educated at Croham Hurst School, Croydon and New Hall, Cambridge, where she met Mel Giedroyc, with whom she formed the double act "Mel and Sue". She has appeared in many radio and television shows, including The Great British Bake Off.
Sue 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 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'. She had a four-year relationship with artist Kate Williams, until early 2012.
She was ranked number 5 in the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2011, number 12 in the Pride Power List 2011, number 28 in the World Pride Power List 2012 and number 20 in the World Pride Power List 2013.
- Sue Perkins, Spectacles (a memoir; London: Penguin Random House, 2015, 2016).
- http://www.divamag.co.uk/diva/arts_reviews_detail.asp?a=6024 Diva magazine: "Live Music: Sue Perkins and the Gay & Lesbian Symphony Orchestra"
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,3604,1079618,00.html The Guardian, 7 November 2003 "Thank you, reality TV"
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081973/Sue-Perkins-Supersizer-TV-presenter-splitting-long-term-partner.html Daily Mail, 5 January 2012 "Supersizer TV presenter Sue Perkins is on her own after splitting from long-term partner"