Born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire to a Polish father and an Irish mother, Valentine Pelka is an alumnus of LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) where in addition to his stage training he received stage combat training under the direction of John Waller. Mr. Pelka's sister, Kazia Pelka, is also a fine actress in her own right and a graduate of LAMDA. They appeared as brother and sister in the episode Sitting Off the Dock of the Bay of Heartbeat and performed together in 1989 in Caste at the Watermill Theatre.
While at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, Mr. Pelka played leading roles in Romeo and Juliet and A Woman Killed With Kindness as well as performing a one-man show, Maud. A familiar figure on British television and the stage, he has appeared in Nanou, If Tomorrow Comes, Hold the Dream and Good King Wenceslas.
His film credits have seen him appearing with Albert Finney in John-Paul II, Jason Robards and Glenda Jackson in Sakharov, Sir Alec Guiness in Graham Greene's Monsignor Quixote, opposite Hugh Grant in the award-winning Rowing With the Wind, with Richard Gere in King David, as Sir Patrise with Sean Connery in First Knight and with Parker Posey in What Rats Won't Do.
Notable TV appearances include, Peak Practice, Mortimer's Law, in the episode The Virgin in the ice of Cadfael, as Eager-Wright in the episode Sweet Danger of Campion, as Sarak in The Sheriff of Nottingham episode of Robin of Sherwood, as Roland in the television series Crossbow, as Kronos in the episodes Comes A Horseman, Revelation 6:8, Archangel, Armageddon and Not To Be of Highlander: The Series, as Maurice de Bracy in the BBC/A&E production of Ivanhoe and as Korda in the TV series Highlander: The Raven.
Recent works include roles in the British series Family Affairs and Lifeforce, as Mr. Andrews in Peter Hudson's short film The Chewing Gum and Mrs. Andrews, the BBC/HBO movie Last of the Blonde Bombshells with Sir Ian Holm and Dame Judi Dench, and the upcoming Sabotage! with Stephen Fry, David Suchet and Alexandra Vandernoot. He recently finished shooting the new syndicated series Queen of Swords in Spain, in which he plays the pivotal role of Colonel Luis Montoya. He also recently wrote a story for the Highlander anthology, An Evening at Joe's.
Mr. Pelka's other interests include 19th century literature, particularly the works of Charles Dickens and Jack London. Mr. Pelka also draws and paints and hopes to show his works publicly in the near future. He has a degree in Humanities (French and English) and speaks French, Italian and a smattering of Spanish. He has also been studying Aikido since 1993. Mr. Pelka is a proficient horseman and an enthusiastic and life-long supporter of the Leeds United Soccer Team.
Mr. Pelka has been married since 1995 and he and his wife have a son. He is also quite devoted to his cat "His Nibs".
© 1997-99 Jennifer Shipp, additional material © 2000-2001 Gillian Eldridge