Rustie Lee

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Rustie Lee
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Born Portland, Jamaica
Occupation Television Personality, Chef, Actress, Singer, Former Politician
Years active 1983–
Notable work(s) Celebrity Super Spa
Home town Handsworth, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Television Celebrity Super Spa (2013)

Rustie Lee is a Jamaican born English television personality, television chef, actress, singer and former politician. She appeared and participated in the Channel 5 reality-television show Celebrity Super Spa in 2013.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Lee first came to public attention for her appearances during the 1980s on the morning television station TV-am.[1] Following her initial successful period as a chef on TV-am in 1983, Lee took over from Sarah Kennedy on the second incarnation of ITV show gameshow Game for a Laugh.[2]

In 2004, Lee appeared on Living's I'm Famous and Frightened! 2, a reality show featuring a number of celebrities staying in a castle over a weekend, taking part in various challenges and looking for paranormal activity, guided by a medium. Viewers voted for their favourite and the celebrities were voted off one by one. Lee won the series showing a keen interest in the tasks and occasional emotional involvement, giving detailed and varied accounts of how she felt at certain points.

She currently makes occasional appearances on This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Daily Cooks/Saturday Cooks. She has also made appearances on That Antony Cotton Show, The Wright Stuff and Loose Women. She now makes regular appearances on Channel 5's Big Brother's Bit on the Side, a spin off chat show for Big Brother. She also appeared on the Channel 5 reality show Celebrity Super Spa.[3]

Politics[edit]

In 2004, she joined the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP),[1] and was adopted as their candidate for the Wyre Forest constituency in the 2005 general election. She also appeared in the party's election broadcast.[4] On polling day she came fifth, with 1,074 votes (2.3% of the total).[5]

Lee stood for UKIP for the 2009 European Elections in the West Midlands constituency in June 2009.[6] Lee was not elected.

General Election contested[edit]

Date of election Constituency Party Votes  %
2005 Wyre Forest UKIP 1,074 2.3

Other activities[edit]

Lee has written several cookbooks, including Rustie Lee's Caribbean Cookbook (1985)[7] and A Taste of the Caribbean (2007).[8]

In 2008, Lee briefly joined the cast of EastEnders as Gus Smith's aunt Opal.[9] She also appeared briefly in Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice. She appeared in the last episode of Benidorm Series 6 as Queenie. She also narrated children's stories for BBC Radio in Birmingham.

Lee has recorded as a singer. In 1985, she released the album Invitation To Party,[10] including her cover versions of "Barbados"[11] and "My Toot Toot". In 1994, she released a further single, "You'd Better Phone".[12] She also sang on a number of her appearances on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

Rustie has appeared in several pantomime productions including Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan among others.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Role Notes
1983-1989 TV-am TV Herself Chef and Cookery Expert
1984–1985 Game for a Laugh TV Herself Presenter/Host
1984 Punchlines TV Herself 2 Episodes
1986–1989 Blankety Blank TV Herself 4 Episodes
1991 Good Morning Britain TV Herself Cookery Expert
1997 Harry Hill TV Herself 1 Episode
2001 Doctors TV Joan Preston 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Hot Pants"
2004 I'm Famous and Frightened! TV Herself Series 2 Contestant, Winner
2005 The Alan Titchmarsh Show TV Herself 1 Episode
2005 18 Stone of Idiot TV Herself 1 Episode
2007 That Antony Cotton Show TV Herself 1 Episode
2008 The Wright Stuff TV Herself 1 Episode, Panelist
2008 Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway TV Herself 1 Episode
2008, 2009 Loose Women TV Herself 3 Episodes
2008 EastEnders TV Opal 2 Episodes
2008, 2009 Mist: Sheepdog Tales TV Effie Heifer/Sandra Sow 3 Episodes
2008 Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice TV Herself
2012, 2013 This Morning TV Herself 2 Episodes, Chef
2012, 2013, 2014 Big Brother's Bit On The Side TV Herself Guest, 17 Episodes
2013 Celebrity Big Brother TV Herself Day 8
2013 Celebrity Super Spa TV Herself Contestant, 6 Episodes
2013 Pointless Celebrities TV Herself 1 Episode, 1980s Special
2014 Benidorm TV Queenie 1 Episode

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