Rula Lenska was born Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, 30 September 1947. She is a British actress. It appears mainly in British stage productions but is known in the United States for its Alberto VO5 hairspray commercial series in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She looked like Claudia Colby on Coronation Street.
Lenska was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of driving a UK drink on February 23, 2016. The following month she was sentenced to 16 months driving ban and ordered to pay a fine of £ 526. Her youngest granddaughter was in the back seat of the car.
Rula Lenska’s Life, Age, Family
Rula Lenska was born 30 September 1947 in England in the town of Diddington, near St Neots, Huntingdonshire, in a former Polish refugee camp that was once EVAC American Military Hospital. Her birth was registered in nearby St Neots. Her family is members of the Polish elite, carrying a Pomian coat of arms, and before the war, she had castles and estates in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland.
Her father, Major Count Ludwik Łubieński, was the personal secretary of Józef Beck, the Polish Foreign Minister before the German occupation. Later, she became the deputy of General Sikorski, the Prime Minister of the Exiled Polish Government, and the commander of the Polish military machinery in Gibraltar during World War II; during the Cold War, she was in charge of the CIA-sponsored Polish Division of Radio Free Europe in Germany.
Her mother was Countess Elżbieta Tyszkiewicz, who fled from Poland to Italy during the German occupation, but was later arrested along with her mother and sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where they lived for two years. Lenska has two sisters: Anna, an actress who appeared in films in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Gabriela. Lenska attended Ursuline Convent School in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.
Rula Lenska has been married twice, firstly actor Brian Deacon (4 June 1977 – 1987), with one daughter, Lara Parker, and secondly, actor Dennis Waterman, from 3 January 1987 until March 31, 1998. Both marriages ended in divorce. She and Waterman met in the Minder set in 1981 when their characters had a brief romance.
Her marriage to Waterman ended, and in March 2012 Waterman sparked controversy by commenting on one aspect of their relationship: “It’s not hard for a woman to make a man beat her. She really wasn’t a battered wife, she was beaten again. That’s different.” Lenska said he was relieved he had now admitted to beating her.
Waterman’s daughter, Hannah Waterman, was playing at EastEnders while Rula Lenska made an appearance for her guest, though they did not share any scenes together.
In 2009, she sought compensation from the Polish government for replacing his Communist family with the Polish government.
Rula Lenska’s Career
Her big break was as a member of the Little Ladies “Q” band in the British TV series Rock Follies (1976) and its subsequent series, ‘777 Rock Follies, the following year. By this time, she had abandoned her Polish accounting title; She said in a statement, “In England, it does not matter if you will forgive the mistake.”
In the late 1970s, Rula Lenska began advertising the Alberto VO5 hair product, which aired on US television. Although well-known in Britain, she was probably unknown in the United States. In the broadcast of the Tonight Show monologue after the ads started playing, Johnny Carson asked “Who the hell is Rula Lenska?” and he began to use her name as a joke running in his system. About the same time, Jane Curtin played Lenska with a drawing on Saturday Night Live.
Rula Lenska’s TV series
Rula Lenska appeared in the TV series Special Branch, Minder, Boon, The Detectives, Footballers’ Wives, To the Manor Born, One Foot in the Grave, Casualty, Space: 1999, Return of the Saint, Robin of Sherwood, Doctors, and EastEnders, where she played Frank Butcher’s girlfriend, Krystle, in the 2002 special Costa del Sol. In the 1970s, Lenska reached the last five characters in Jo Grant’s role in Doctor Who and later appeared in a series of serial Resurrection of the Daleks.
She played Ms. Peacock in Cluedo series 2. She also starred with John Inman in the short series Take a Letter, Mr. Jones (six episodes, 1981), Lenska as manager, and Inman as her secretary. She also appeared on the broadcast of the BBC Private Schulz series that same year. In 1982 Lenska reappeared as a storyteller in five episodes of the BBC Children’s program Jackanory, which narrates Polish folk tales.
In 2009, Rula Lenska joined Coronation Street actors as the new character Claudia Colby, an old friend of Audrey Roberts. In May 2011, Lenska resigned from her role to join the Calendar Girls tour August 2011. In 2016 she appeared in a special Christmas comedy series Inside No. 9. She also played her role on Coronation Street in July 2018 before leaving the program again in April 2020.
Rula Lenska’s Movies
Lenska film roles include
Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974),
Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975),
Royal Flash (1975),
Alfie Darling (1975),
It might Happen to You (1976),
The Deadly Females (1976),
Queen Kong (also 1976) as Luce Habit. In the movie Gypo (2005), which was the first UK film made under the laws of Dogme, he played a Roman fugitive from the Czech Republic living in a caravan in Margate. She starred in the British film Jack Says (2008), in contrast to her EastEnders star Mike Reid. That same year she borrowed her voice from the animated film Agent Crush.
Rula Lenska has toured many places, in the British Isles and overseas, and has appeared in a number of West End shows, including The Vagina Monologues and 84, Charing Cross Road, and many pantomimes. She is the main character (and part of the real cast) of the tour game Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners.
In December 2005, she appeared on stage with the London Gay Men’s Chorus of their Christmas program, Make the Yuletide Gay. She sang and danced while performing at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Dome Concert Hall in Brighton, and the Barbican Center in London.
At a similar show in December 2006, Sandi Toksvig distorted the lyrics of the song to suggest that Lenska had a Christmas function at Debenhams. In 2007, she was joined by Marti Webb and Sheila Ferguson in a new song about menopause called Hot Flush. and hosted a small exhibition at Lutterworth Piano Rooms on 3 November 2012.
On the radio, Lenska played Lintilla and her clones in the second series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and was in the fifth episode which aired on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005. She presented BBC radio programs and recorded various audiobooks.
Her touring career with the London Gay Men’s Chorus is thought to have led him to participate in the United Kingdom version of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2006. Her reason for accepting the invitation to attend the game was “I’m a crazy Polish countess who loves a challenge”. During the show, he announced that he had been a Tibetan Buddhist for many years but had been practicing “Buddhism for the common man”, without a hierarchical structure (Nichiren Daishonin), for two years.
On January 13, 2006, her colleague, Scottish politician and former Respect Party MP George Galloway, attracted the attention of the media by participating in a role-play organized by Celebrity Big Brother, in which Galloway pretended to be a cat. she licked the milk from her bent hands, and Lenska rubbed his ears and mustache. One time when she was at Big Brother’s house, she was accidentally locked in the bathroom.
Rula Lenska’s Net Worth
Rula Lenska is a British actress, It appears mainly in British stage productions but is known in the United States for its Alberto VO5 hairspray commercial series in the late 1970s and early 1980s.Rula Lenska’s total net worth is approximately $14 Million.