Mel and Sue

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Mel and Sue
Born Mel Giedroyc
(1968-06-15) 15 June 1968 (age 46)
Epsom, Surrey
Sue Perkins
(1969-09-22) 22 September 1969 (age 45)
East Dulwich, London
Occupation Television presenters, comedians

Mel Giedroyc (born 15 June 1968) and Sue Perkins (born 22 September 1969), known collectively as Mel and Sue, are an English comedy double act best known for hosting their lunchtime chat shows Light Lunch and Late Lunch. More recently they have hosted the BAFTA—award winning BBC Two cookery series The Great British Bake Off.

Early career[edit]

The two women met while students at the University of Cambridge in England (Giedroyc at Trinity College and Perkins at New Hall) where both were members of the famous performance club Footlights.


Their television breakthrough came on the French & Saunders television series, and they have often been compared to Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Together, they hosted a popular lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch where celebrity chefs cooked lunch for the duo's celebrity guests, and an early evening version, Late Lunch.

In 1999, they were signed by ITV and hosted a comedy panel game for the network called Casting Couch, in a prime late evening slot, but it fared poorly in the ratings and was not recommissioned.

Mel and Sue appeared together again in Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders Mamma Mia sketch for Comic Relief on 13 March 2009. Perkins later confirmed on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that the duo would be working together on something new in 2010. Their new show, a competition series called The Great British Bake Off, began on BBC Two on 17 August 2010.


They have also performed on the radio, particularly BBC Radio 4, both separately and together. When publicising her solo shows in 2006, Perkins stated that the duo had effectively split up.

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