Rustie in 2007.
|Occupation||TV chef, actress, singer, television personality, and occasional political activist/candidate|
|Political party||United Kingdom Independence Party|
Rustie Lee is a television chef, actress and musician in the United Kingdom, most famous for her appearances in the 1980s on morning station, TV-am. She was born in Jamaica, but moved to Birmingham with her family as a child. Following her successful stint as a chef on TV-am in 1983, Lee took over from Sarah Kennedy on the second, less successful, incarnation of ITV gameshow Game for a Laugh. She also embarked on a brief singing career.
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. Lee has written a cookbook called A Taste of the Caribbean.
She also narrated children's stories for BBC Radio in Birmingham. Famously, she narrated a story starring a young Jessica Ferguson, who is now Head of Drama at the prestigious Southam College in Warwickshire, who played The Baked Bean Queen.
Rustie lives in north-west Worcestershire, in a village near Bewdley. She is married to a German, Andreas Hohmann, and has a son James who is 26 years old.
- 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).
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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 has made numerous forays into attempting chart success, mostly with her band The Rustie Lee Revue. However, after low sales of her debut album, label Harpic Records terminated their publishing deal.
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