Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous, in which she appeared alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series of the show, as well as for creating the 'girl at the bar' in Naked Video. "
"However, to many she is known for her unique brand of wit and observational humour. A comedy writer with an extensive portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, Helen has starred in a great number of top TV comedy and radio shows. "
"Helen was part of a group of early 1980s comedians, including French and Saunders, the late Rik Mayall, and "
"Ben Elton, who made their names at London's famous 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 along 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, Casualty and Hollyoaks. She plays Miss Bowline-Hitch alongside Bernard Cribbins in the much loved children's TV series Old Jack's Boat. Helen also played Rich Aunt Ruby in Horrid Henry: The Movie. On BBC radio, she has been a regular panellist on shows including Just a Minute, Quote . . . Unquote, Open Book, A Good Read and Woman's Hour, as well as writing and performing in two of her own comedy series, All Change and Life with Lederer. Her columns include Woman & Home, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph, and she is currently the 'agony aunt' for Woman's Weekly. Helen's comedy books include Coping with Helen Lederer and Single Minding. "
"She's done a variety of theatre work, following hot on the heels of Julie Walters in Educating Rita, playing "
"Doreen in Alan Bleasdale's Having a Ball, as well as appearing in The Vagina Monologues, Calendar Girls and "
"The Killing of Sister George in London's West End, interspersed with many fringe theatre plays.
Listen to an extract from Losing It, written and read by Helen Lederer.The laugh-out-loud debut novel from one of Britain's best-loved comediennes.
The pressure builds after the January sales. The pointless Breville steamer /furry jumper/and once worn shoes are stowed away and the February winds chafe as I brace myself for another Valentine’s Day. Luckily, I’m an optimist. The promise of an official renewal of romantic urges (and...
Receiving primary, standing by for enabling DM @paulfoot also waving https://t.co/TCFCcXxcuy
by @HelenLederer - 13 hours ago
have just e mailed with the same email but to someone else underneath. immediate shame. Do people scroll down nowadays?
by @HelenLederer - 16 hours ago
On errand with a passing tray #gallantry https://t.co/8ZBnLWtrn3
by @HelenLederer - 22 hours ago
RT @DJConnellAuthor: What a brilliant show @stevefurst @HelenLederer @paulfoot @johnjmaloney. Talkin’ Bout My Generation© radio pilot. #Rad…
by @HelenLederer - yesterday
The only element of respect was the white tablecloth. Working with it. #GrouchoClub https://t.co/jmVs4V9kER
helenlederer - 2 days ago
Torn between the captions of a captiontastic event with Tony Langham Ellwood Atfield Gallery
helenlederer - 3 days ago
Judging books by covers if you have one:
helenlederer - 4 days ago
Steve Furst Richard Gadd John Moloney Paul Foot
helenlederer - 5 days ago
I’m on the old persons team but only for the pilot. If it goes to series I’m doing youth section #perksofradio
Steve Furst Paul Foot Richard Gadd Comedian John Moloney
helenlederer - 8 days ago
First person to buy ten electric slow cookers gets to hide….
Me and Paul Ross on The Full Set Breakfast - 17 days ago
Me and Paul Ross on The Full Set Breakfast
Pick of the Week - one month ago
It is the autumn of my life…and other peoples…judging by coats and jumpers grouped together on the train…
My trip to Manchester to record ‘Pick of the Week’ a few weeks ago was quite eventful. Of course the best trick is not to sit next to a passenger who magics a smelly cheese burger out of their brief case once the train pulls out of Euston. But alas, I chose one such passenger. Then I realised I had forgotten my earphones and was defenceless in the face of snuffling and later the scrunching of a paper serviette. At least the serviette signalled the end of the eating… and one could unclench.
Listen here to Pick of the Week
I used my grown up voice for this - a bit like the one I use to book a massage over the phone ….
Helen Lederer with John Humphries on The Today Programme BBC... - one month ago
Helen Lederer with John Humphries on The Today Programme BBC Radio 4 all about her grandfather the spy.
Merry radio bits showing off with Graham Norton and Clive... - 2 months ago
Merry radio bits showing off with Graham Norton and Clive Anderson. And Pick of the week for BBC Radio 4
More fun with a best friend? - 3 months ago
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