Frances Cuka Movies and Career Information
Aug 21, 1936
Frances Cuka (born 21 August 1936) is a British actress, principally on television, whose career has spanned nearly fifty years. Cuka (pronounced Chewka) was born in London, England, the daughter of Letitia Alice Annie (née Francis), a tailor, and Joseph Cuka, a process engraver. On stage, she created the role of Jo in Shelagh Delaney's play A Taste of Honey in 1958. Subsequent television roles included Adam Adamant Lives, The Champions and Minder. She also appeared as Doll Tearsheet in the BBC TV version of Henry IV, Part II. She had recurring roles in the soap operas Crossroads and Coronation Street. Film roles have included Scrooge (as Bob Cratchit's wife) and Henry VIII and his Six Wives (as Catherine of Aragon). From 2006 to 2009, she played the recurring role of a troublesome tramp called Mrs Bassey in the popular medical drama Casualty. Her final appearance was in September 2009, when her character died from severe burns after being involved in an explosion at a shopping centre. In 2010, she played Lady Bracknell for Logos Theatre Company at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, in the unusual four-act version of The Importance of Being Earnest.