Rustie in 2007.
|Occupation||TV chef, actress, singer, television personality|
|Home town||Handsworth, Yorkshire, United Kingdom|
Rustie Lee is a television chef, actress and musician in the United Kingdom. She is famous for her appearances in the 1980s on the morning television show TV-am. Following her successful stint 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.
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 also narrated children's stories for BBC Radio in Birmingham. 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.
In 2004, she joined the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), 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. On polling day she came fifth, with 1,074 votes (2.3% of the total).
General Election contested
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||%|
In 2008, Lee briefly joined the cast of EastEnders as Gus Smith's aunt Opal. 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.
Lee has also had a singing career. In 1985 she released the album Invitation To Party, including her cover versions of "Barbados" and "My Toot Toot". In 1994, she released a further single, "You'd Better Phone". She also sang on a number of her appearances on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
Big Brother's Bit On The Side appearances
|Song||Original artist(s)||2013 revue performers||Broadcast date|
|"Stan"||Eminem||Rustie Lee, Chris James||11 July 2012|
|"Rat In Mi Kitchen"||UB40||Rustie Lee||19 July 2012|
|"The Rhythm Of The Night"||Corona||Rustie Lee, Shaun Williamson||30 Aug 2013 |
|"Dead Ringer For Love"||Meat Loaf||Rustie Lee, Shaun Williamson||6 Sep 2013 |
|"Firestarter"||The Prodigy||Rustie Lee|
|"Turn Around"||Phats & Small||Rustie Lee|
|"Moving On Up"||M People||Rustie Lee|
|"One & One"||Robert Miles featuring Maria Nayler||Rustie Lee|
|"Finally"||CeCe Peniston||Rustie Lee|
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- Dodd, Ros (1999-08-12). "Rustie's fit for a shining star turn; Singer, restaurateur and now film star. Life's blooming for Birmingham's Rustie Lee, says Ros Dodd.". The Birmingham Post.
- "Rustie Lee's Caribbean Cookbook".
- "Rustie Lee - A Taste of the Caribbean".
- "Channel 5 - Celebrity Super Spa". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- "Rustie Lee on UKIP's immigration policy". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "Result: Wyre Forest". BBC News. 2005-05-06. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "European Election Candidates, West Midlands".
- "Rustie's EastEnders role". Sunday Mirror. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- "Rustie Lee - Invitation To Party, Stylus Records".
- "Rustie performs 'Barbados'".
- "Rusty Lee - You'd Better Phone".