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.
by @HelenLederer - 8 hours ago
I loved the way @MichaelLCrick handled us @IAI_TV https://t.co/xzEILF6iiV
by @HelenLederer - 9 hours ago
RT @IanMcKellen: The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. See the rest of my message attached. https://t.co/q7QC4Jvg0S
Possibly – except I think they favour the more Valium shuffle influence over the pond
helenlederer - 9 hours ago
helenlederer - 4 days ago
The days of Naked Video. Wine slimming pills, and it appears a jump suit?
helenlederer - 5 days ago
Envious and disappointing behaviour
helenlederer - 7 days ago
Oh Gawd - I was just about to drink my own bath water – I won’t now....
helenlederer - 11 days ago
Sold out in Russia....
Envious and disappointing behaviour - 6 days 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
Me and Paul Ross on The Full Set Breakfast - 2 months ago
Me and Paul Ross on The Full Set Breakfast
Pick of the Week - 3 months 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... - 3 months 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... - 4 months ago
Merry radio bits showing off with Graham Norton and Clive Anderson. And Pick of the week for BBC Radio 4
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