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.
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...
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.
Excitement networking nexus I. Hands of #peterYork @Juliahobsbawm (pic courtesy of @katieglassST ) https://t.co/woloEwkLZp
by @HelenLederer - yesterday
She’d have to verify with the Obamas speech writer first https://t.co/upC59NkQyS
Because I like to open my doors to the community for answers https://t.co/CWaTmmqXZX
She loves East Dulwich ya ya ya #londonafilmsongorband
helenlederer - yesterday
A hypnotist and a wise crone walk into a party and get checked out from behind -lovely special fifth party Spectator Life
helenlederer - 3 days ago
Rather earnest eyebrows collective as I learn from these literary giants of cheating. Reading ALL of their books now obvs
helenlederer - 8 days ago
Excellent % I can neither add or take away
helenlederer - 10 days ago
By ‘stripping’ we mean keeping the pants, shorts, vest and braces on…
helenlederer - 13 days ago
The law of knowingly under picked
Helen and Harriet perform Abba - one month ago
Click here to see Helen and Harriet’s performance on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief
Video - one month ago
Exposing one’s inner... - 2 months ago
Reality TV exposing one’s la la for a fee (Splash) see unfortunate pic here - is one thing - Reality TV singing (oh and dancing) for Comic Relief is another exposé all together.
On Splash I wanted no one to vote for me so I could flop into the water - emerge like a large seal to be sent home in a towel…this week I am sharing studio space with a community of scared famous people as we warble our way into a song that is sung better by a proper singer. And also move nicely.
I’m prepping with Ab Fab partner in crime, Harriet Thorpe, and together we are crying… sorry trying… to do a Darcey Bussell rocks Abba while channelling Maria Callas. Will we survive the first hurdle? You decide - voting on Saturday 4th BBC1 - it’s slightly smelly, hairy and brightly coloured and er..oh yeah for …Comic Relief
This is us with Sarah Pasco - no one was harmed at this stage
Helen Lederer was drunk - 2 months ago
Castigating myself over a wasted double vodka tonic with another freelancer in Groucho was not cutting it for me. So, when I got the call to do BBC Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’ – I jumped into my velvet flares and had a shave. I was only too thrilled to listen to hours …and I mean hours, of Radio - meticulously searching for what the conservatives might term ‘balance’ and what ‘Labour’ call diversity - of audio products… Hope I cracked it – what do you think? listen out for the bit of GRIME music.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08byns0And now I’m hoping to be THIN for my DEBUT DANCE for BBC TV’s COMIC RELIEF DANCE OFF in March – but it may be that I’ll have capitulated under the fear of exposure and reverted to the vodka tonic with free twiglets by then. Once the first marmite dough sticks have been crunched – there’s no going back. I’m a serial candlelit, vodka addicted, twiglet muncher – who didn’t go to Cambridge …with a small following of fans who laugh when they read my books Losing It and Coping
So it’s not all bad then.
Envious and disappointing behaviour - 3 months ago
Oh dear – the day AFTER everyone else is supposed to be depressed - I get a downward whammy of envy: on BOTH channels this morning are female actresses talking smugly (ok not smugly – just being pleased, as well they might – anyone has to look pleased when they are talking about a job that other people have paid for - let’s be fair – let’s not ). One is talking about women of a CERTAIN AGE … like we’re all supposed to be pleased this has happened. AND she’s YOUNGER than me. (Not difficult: I’m currently blessed if I catch a part as a walk-on OAP on meths. ) and the other - is a smiling actress very chuffed indeed to be in a play with a famous person - had to switched over before I learned any more … Worse next door are now sawing and banging in a loud and purposeful way which triggers a memory of trying to finish my novel while they hammered out there flicking kitchen tiles. I’m owning a hatred of their building needs which manifests in violence to my own wall and vocal chords.
I hope this has cheered everyone up?I’ve put a picture up of me being very young and sexually active out of masochism. Drinks anyone? Love helen xx
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