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Helen is a writer, actress, comedian, presenter, wine enthusiast…. She began as a stand-up comedian in the 80's and drove herself to gigs so she could leave easily. Helen first tapped into the public funny bone with her Sloaney girl at the bar in the BBC Comedy ‘Naked video’, then came Saturday Night Live, The Young Ones, French and Saunders and Bottom with Rik Mayall.  She’s best known as Catriona the dippy journo in the TV series Absolutely Fabulous.   

Some may know her as Rich Aunt Ruby in the movie Horrid Henry, or very possibly from Celebrity Big Brother where she almost appeared normal. From Miss Marple to Hollyoaks, Helen has enjoyed a range of location catering. She presents BBC Radio 4 pick of the week and writes for newspapers and magazines: Her comedy novel ‘Losing it’ (Pan Macmillan) was nominated for the PG Wodehouse Comedy Literary award.  Helen set up the Comedy Women in Print award because she wanted to shine a light on witty women writers. She cannot win this.  

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