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.
Good question. I scarpered.... https://t.co/rdeaiEIgKM
by @HelenLederer - 1 hours ago
I still look like this which is lucky for Sat 4th March
Harriet Thorpe Comic Relief: Red Nose Day BBC Comedy... https://t.co/7cKdgPYBjY
Fountains and money in them? https://t.co/wS5liRaAo2
by @HelenLederer - 2 hours ago
Spreading affections in non-threatening manner always to be encouraged https://t.co/Ij0zYxi2AS
by @HelenLederer - 3 hours ago
RT @moniackmhor: The stopped talking when they saw the camera. #moniackmhor #writersretreat #writersofinstagram https://t.co/hc0EhQUq2B
helenlederer - 1 hours ago
I still look like this which is lucky for Sat 4th March
Harriet Thorpe Comic Relief: Red Nose Day BBC Comedy
helenlederer - yesterday
Great - will get some people together to go to a thing with other people
helenlederer - 4 days ago
…And staves off the panic of not being on Facebook till we finish a chapter..
helenlederer - 6 days ago
I have tried to help person over the road. They didn't want to go...
helenlederer - 7 days ago
Medical murderers ...oh boy at Greenwood Theatre
Helen Lederer was drunk - 18 days 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 - one month 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 - 3 months ago
Me and Paul Ross on The Full Set Breakfast
Pick of the Week - 4 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... - 4 months ago
Helen Lederer with John Humphries on The Today Programme BBC Radio 4 all about her grandfather the spy.
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