Valerie Leon made her West End debut in Funny Girl with Barbara Streis and at London’s Prince Of Wales Theatre.
This was followed by many TV appearances including The Saint and The Persuaders both with Roger Moore, The Baron, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, The Avengers, Up Pompeii, Nobody Is Norman Wisdom, The Goodies, Roy’s Raiders, and The Morecombe and Wise Show.
After various pantomimes and Summer seasons Valerie appeared in six of the now classic Carry On films, notably as “Leda” the leader of an all woman tribe desperately seeking men in Carry On Up The Jungle and as a frumpy secretary who turns into a glamour girl in Carry On Girls. Other film roles include The Man Who Had Power Over Women, All The Way Up with Warren Mitchell, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer with the late Peter Cook, The Italian Job with Michael Caine, No Sex Please We’re British with Ronnie Corbett, Queen Kong and a dual starring role in a Hammer Horror entitled Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb – this has now become a cult movie. Valerie also appeared with Peter Seller’s as Tanya The Lotus Eater in The Revenge Of The Pink Panther, and with Roger Moore in The Wild Geese.
Valerie has appeared in two Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me with Roger Moore and as “The Lady In The Bahamas” in Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery.
In the theatre, Valerie has appeared in She’s Done It Again with Brian Rix, Play It Again Sam, Don’t Tell The Wife with the late great Les Dawson, Darling Mr London with David Jason, Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, On The Twentieth Century at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Dracula at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Valerie has also made several TV commercials but is best remembered for the famous Hai Karate After Shave commercial which ran every Christmas for 7 years.
Valerie’s recent work includes, appearing as The Madam called “Mother’s Goose” in Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress at Spittlefield’s Market Opera, a film called GAS based on a short Hitchcock story and many chat shows and personal appearances. Valerie has also appeared in an episode of Last Of The Summer Wine , The Green Green Grass and an awarding winning short film called A Neutral Corner with Jodi Latham from Shameless and The Fixer.
Valerie has also appeared in several venues with her one woman show which is called “Up Front With Valerie Leon”.
- Website: www.valerieleon.com