Pui Fan Lee
|Pui Fan Lee|
14 July 1971 |
Nottingham, England, UK
|Known for||Presenting CBeebies (2002–2009)|
Pui Fan Lee (born 14 July 1971) is an English actress and presenter, best known for portraying Po in the children's television programme Teletubbies, and more recently for presenting the popular CBeebies pre-school educational programme Show Me Show Me. She was the first presenter, alongside Chris Jarvis, Sidney Sloane, and Sue Monroe to introduce programming on the BBC digital channel CBeebies. In January 2009, Pui left presenting CBeebies to host Show Me Show Me.
Life and career
Lee was born in Nottingham, England, and is of Hong Kong Chinese descent. She began acting while still at school when she was chosen to be part of Central Independent Television's children's workshop. During her time there she appeared in children's dramas including Murphy's Mob and sketch comedy show Your Mother Wouldn't Like It.
After she graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Lee has enjoyed a wide and varied career. She appeared in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality; she portrayed Debra in the second season of the BBC television comedy series Chef! and she was 'Joy Cipriani' in Paul Abbott's BBC drama State of Play. She also played a small part in the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason as one of the detainees of the Thai prison. She played a part in M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team as a solicitor in 2005 and a prefect in The Worst Witch pilot for the television programme. Lee has also appeared in the TV series Desmond's as Debbie.
In 1997, Lee successfully auditioned for the part of Po in Teletubbies. As well as playing the character in costume, she also provided the voice.
In 2002, Lee became the first face on CBeebies alongside Chris Jarvis, Sidney Sloane, and Sue Monroe. Following 7 years hosting the channel and appearing in programmes such as Fun With Phonics, she and Chris devised Show Me Show Me which is currently in its sixth series.
Beginning in 2010, she and Jarvis toured UK theatres in The Chris and Pui Roadshow.