Valentine Pelka Biography ((?)-)

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England; father, a civil engineer; mother, an actress; brother of Kazia Pelka (an actress); married, 1995; children: Marius Jude Ryu (son). Addresses: Agent: Conway, van Gelder, Robinson, 18-21 Jermyn St., 3rd Floor, London SW1 6HP, England.; Contact: c/o Valentine PelkaFan Club, P.O. Box 528306, Flushing, NY 11352-8306.


Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Simon Thornton, a recurring role, Family Affairs, 1999
  • Richard Webber, Life Force, 2000
  • Colonel Luis Montoya, Queen of Swords (also known as Reina de espadas), syndicated, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • Winston Harte, Hold the Dream, NBC, 1986
  • Gino, If Tomorrow Comes, CBS, 1986
  • Maurice de Bracy, Ivanhoe (also known as Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Movies
  • Boguslaw Banas, Pope John Paul II (also known as The Pope),CBS, 1984
  • Efrem Sakharov (some sources cite Efrem Yankelevich), Sakharov, HBO, 1984
  • Father Herrera, Monsignor Quixote, PBS, 1985
  • Max, The Plant, BBC (England), 1994
  • Leslie, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, HBO, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Roland, "The Pass," Crossbow (also known as William Tell and Guillaume Tell), 1986
  • Roland, "The Banquet," Crossbow (also known as William Telland Guillaume Tell), 1986
  • Roland, "The Prisoner," Crossbow (also known as William Tell and Guillaume Tell), 1986
  • Roland, "Scavengers," Crossbow (also known as William Telland Guillaume Tell), 1986
  • Roland, The Imposter," Crossbow (also known as William Telland Guillaume Tell), 1986
  • Roland, "The Bet," Crossbow (also known as William Tell andGuillaume Tell), 1986
  • Sarak, "The Sheriff of Nottingham," Robin of Sherwood, PBS and Showtime, 1986
  • Shadwell, "The TV Detective," Pulaski, 1987
  • Charlie Cochrane, "Love Letters from a Dead Man," Boon, ITV (England), 1989
  • Leonardo Montez, "All That Glitters," Zorro, The Family Channel, 1990
  • Eager-Wright, "Sweet Danger," Campion, PBS, 1990
  • Stuart, "Salvation," Casualty, BBC1 (England), 1990
  • Michael Massey, "Power Games," Peak Practice, 1994
  • Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, "An Evil Business," In Suspicious Circumstances, ITV, 1995
  • Danny Bolton/Danny Black, "Sitting off the Dock of the Bay," Heartbeat, ITV, 1995
  • Evrard Boteral, "The Virgin the Ice," Cadfael, PBS, 1995
  • Kronos and Melvin Koren, "Comes a Horseman," Highlander, syndicated, 1997
  • Kronos, "Revelation 6:8," Highlander, syndicated, 1997
  • Kronos and Ahriman, "Archangel," Highlander, syndicated, 1997
  • Kronos and Ahriman, "Armageddon," Highlander, syndicated, 1997
  • "Twin Geeks," Bugs, 1998
  • John Keswick, Mortimer's Law (also known as Glendowr's Way), BBC (England), 1998
  • Kronos, "Not to Be," Highlander, syndicated, 1998
  • Andre Korda, "A Matter of Time," Highlander: The Raven, syndicated, 1999
  • Andre Korda, "French Connection," Highlander: The Raven, syndicated, 1999
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Bill and The Late Show.
  • Other
  • Roland, The Adventures of William Tell, 1986
  • Brother Paul, Good King Wenceslas, The Family Channel, 1994
  • Appeared in the title role, Guide to Genius: Freud, and as Dr. Manci, South of the Border; also appeared in The Intercom Conspiracy and Lytton's Diary.
  • Film Appearances
  • Tripods, 1983
  • Shammah, King David, Paramount, 1985
  • Jacques, Nanou, 1986, Umbrella Films, 1988
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Remando al viento (also known as Rowing in the Wind and Rowing with the Wind), Buena Vista Home Video, 1987
  • Sir Patrise, First Knight, Columbia, 1995
  • Graham, What Rats Won't Do, Polygram, 1998
  • Mr. Andrews, The Chewing Gum and Mrs. Andrews (short film; also known as Le chewing gum et Madame Andrews), 2000
  • Prussian hussar, Sabotage! (also known as Sabotaje), ArabaFilms/Sociedad Kino Vision/United International Pictures, 2000
  • Michal, The Pianist (also known as Le pianiste), Bac Films/Studio Canal, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Member of chorus, Oedipus Trilogy, Oxford Playhouse,1983
  • Curio, Twelfth Night, Oxford Playhouse, 1983
  • Scarus, Antony and Cleopatra, Ludlow Festival, 1983
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Bloody Poetry, Foco Novo, 1984
  • Nechaev, Dead Men, Traverse Theatre, Australia, c. 1986
  • Roman, Winter in the Morning, Watford Palace Theatre, c. 1988
  • Title role, Zack, Watermill Theatre, c. 1988
  • Samuel Gerridge, Caste, Watermill Theatre, c. 1989
  • Francois, The Lost Domain, Watermill Theatre, 1990
  • No One Writes to the Colonel, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, London, 1991
  • Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991-1992
  • Sir Francis Acton, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Royal ShakespeareCompany, 1991-1992
  • Maud (solo show), Royal Shakespeare Company, Fringe Festival, 1991-1992
  • Title role, Hamlet, Theatre Museum, 1992
  • Leontes, The Winter's Tale, Manchester Library Theatre, 1995
  • Gaston, The Traveller without Luggage, BAC Theatre, 1997
  • Radio Appearances
  • The Cherry Orchard, BBC World Service (England), 1984
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author, BBC World Service, 1984
  • A Meeting in Valladolid, BBC World Service, 1991
  • Moliere, BBC World Service, 1991
  • Appeared in the title role, Martin Chuzzlewit, BBC4 (England); also appeared in King Lear, BBC World Service.
  • Videos
  • Portrayed Charles Dickens in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (training film), Covey Institute.
  • Contributor to the anthology An Evening at Joe's, 2000.

Further Reference


    • Impact, April, 2001
    • Yorkshire Evening Post, February 20, 1998
    • Valentine Pelka Fan Club,, April 6, 2002

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