All roads lead to CWIP...
Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series and more recently in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. She created the Girl at the Bar in the BBC comedy sketch show Naked Video and is known for her unique wit and observational humour.
A comedy writer with an extensive portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, not only as a stand-up comedian but also as a comedy novelist and contributor to various respected publications. Helen has starred in a great number of top TV comedy and radio shows. Helen was part of a group of early 1980’s comedians, including Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, the late Rik Mayall and Ben Elton who made their names at London’s Comedy Store. She was a guest on ITV’s Saturday Night Live with her solo comedy act as well as performing at the first
Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal with Lenny Henry.
TV appearances span such shows as The Young Ones, French and Saunders, Happy Families, One Foot in the Grave, Bottom, Love Soup,
Miss Marple and Hollyoaks. Children’s TV includes the much-loved children's favourite Miss Bowline-Hitch along with Bernard Cribbins for
CBeebies' Old Jacks Boat. She starred as Rich Aunt Ruby in Horrid Henry: The Movie.
On BBC radio she has written and performed her own comedy series Life with Lederer and All Change as well as being a panellist on
shows such as The News Quiz, Just a Minute, Quote…Unquote, A Good Read, Open Book and Woman’s Hour. A columnist for
Woman&Home, The Independent as well as writing for The Mail on Sunday, The Express and
The Daily Telegraph, she is currently agony aunt for Woman’s Weekly.
Theatre work includes Educating Rita and Alan Bleasdale’s Having a Ball. She has been in The Vagina Monologues,
Calendar Girls, and The Killing of Sister George, in London's West End. This is interspersed with many fringe plays. Her first
comedy novel Losing It, published by Pan Macmillan, was nominated for the PG Wodehouse comedy literary prize. She is the Brains behind
CWIP (Comedy Women in Print) a new Women’s comedy literary award.
Much to Helen’s surprise, her recent appearance in Celebrity Big Brother led to her temporarily trending on Twitter, being saved by the public vote three times, affording her the new title of “national treasure”. She is currently working on her comedy memoir and her new Stand Up show
I might as well say it was a sell out this Edinburgh to rave reviews. She is a sought-after panellist and commentator.
"Suddenly the world has fallen in love with women’s witty narrative voices. Some might call it luck – or timing - but we call it parity. So here I am , asking somewhat rudely- how about having more than one woman at a time to be heralded for both their success and their potential?"