Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (b.1963) is a Muppet performer who has played Abby Cadabby and others on Sesame Street, since season 37. She is also Prairie Dawn's Mom in Sesame Beginnings and has played a range of characters in the resource videos.
The puppeteer began her Muppeteer career on Muppets Tonight, where she played the Pamela Anderson take-off character Spamela Hamderson in the sketch Bay of Pigswatch. She subsequently played various characters on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (notably taking over Kathryn Mullen's characters in the second season) and played the principal role of Edi the zebra on Animal Jam.
Carrara's puppetry career outside of the Muppets has been extensive, including the series Johnny and the Sprites (as Ginger, opposite on-camera star John Tartaglia) and Blue's Room (as Blue in the first season). Her candy-obsessed character, Lolly, performs with her in several clubs and events in New York and LA, as well as working in children outreach programs.
As an actress, she played Miss Poppy, the human kiddie-show star, in the satirical play Pigeon-Holed, written by Sesame writer Annie Evans. She has also performed at an opening for First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Children's Day Forum and at Walt Disney World (as characters in Pleasure Island's Adventurer's Club, at the Hoop-de-doo Musical Revue, and as Mrs. Claus) Other acting credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors on stage and the 1995 video The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Sea-World Adventure (as Mrs. Torres).
As a voice actress, in addition to playing the cartoon version of Abby on Abby's Flying Fairy School, Carrara-Rudolph has been heard in the Henson digital puppetry series Frances (as Mother Badger) and in the 2009 revival of The Electric Company (as all the characters in the recurring animated "Haunted House" segment). Other voice-overs include anime like Zatch Bell! and Howl's Moving Castle, the animated series T.U.F.F Puppy (recurring as Peg Puppy) and Poochini's Yard (as Wendy), and the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (as Mrs. Floyd and Martha Washington). Video game credits include Commander Sasha in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Ratchet: Deadlocked, Zoo Vet, and various citizens in the first two Saints Row games.
Her husband, Paul Rudolph, served as music coordinator on Muppets Tonight, which is where they met.
- It's Not Easy Being Green,
- Muppets Tonight
- Muppets from Space
- Sesame Street 2006-present Abby Cadabby Anything Muppets AM Monsters Animals