Television & Radio

TV appearances span such shows as ‘The Young Ones’, ‘French and Saunders’, ‘Happy Families’, ‘One Foot in the Grave’, ‘Bottom’, ‘Love Soup’, ‘Miss Marple’ and ‘Hollyoaks’. Children’s TV includes the much-loved children's favourite 'Miss Bowline-Hitch' along with Bernard Cribbins for CBeebies' ‘Old Jacks Boat’. She starred as Rich Aunt Ruby in ‘Horrid Henry: The Movie’.

Helen's first radio job was a live comedy series for BBC Radio called 'In One Ear' winning the Sony award for radio comedy where she wrote her infamous 'pen pal' letters to politicians.

 

Since then she's been a mainstay on the radio with her most recent podcast series 'Knock Knock' where she talks to other comedians to see if they share the same head space. 'Knock Knock' is available on the BBC website.

Comedy & Drama

Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous

I’ve been Catriona for 20 years and I still think it’s all to do with ‘good lighting’ Lovely chairs anyone?

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Casualty
Casualty

A joy to play Dr Oppe in ‘Casualty’ and to look over my glasses knowingly and not be affected by the odour of a tuna sandwich.

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Heartbeat
Heartbeat

Channelling Felicity Kendal while playing Kath Harrison in Heartbeat ( I got rounded up by a sheep dog if memory serves).

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Miss Marple
Miss Marple

My favourite character paying Marjorie Atfield in Miss Marple ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans’. I had to eat cake several times (with a fork du gateau).

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Bottom
Bottom

The bottom that got away – a Nurse already - I loved those boys in Bottom.

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Filthy Rich & Catflap
Filthy Rich & Catflap

Looking focused and engaged as ever with the dapper Adrian.

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Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry

Everyone needs a rich Aunt Ruby -available now for weddings, open days and fetes – (Horrid Henry still rocks my world).

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Love Soup
Love Soup

I Loved playing TV commissioning editor who did blow jobs in her stocking feet - needs must.

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The Young Ones
The Young Ones

I LOVED being in charge of a bank. 'Good morning sir, good morning sir, good morning sir …'

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Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live

This very posh cockney accent can so easily stray to South African – but the ‘kick in your wongly dangles’ bit remained pure.

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Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks

Woops - as an alcoholic midwife who carelessly swapped 2 babies in error – is not something one likes to boast about…

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Old Jack's Boat
Old Jack's Boat

Cheek to cheek with Bernard Cribbins – My Miss BowlineHitch getting pouty in Whitby. CBeebies - Old Jack's Boat

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Reality TV

Home Front Heroes - BBC One
Home Front Heroes - BBC One

BBC’s ‘HomeFront Heroes’ took me to Bletchley Park to discover my mother’s secret intelligence work in HUT D. I also learned about my Czech grandfather who posed as a German officer at Trent Park where he was a ‘secret listener’ in WW2.

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Splash
Splash

Not my finest silhouette I grant you but at least I was going in the right direction #swmmingfrock

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Celebrity Big Brother
Celebrity Big Brother

Oh boy…this was an UNUSUAL departure …

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War Hero in my Family
War Hero in my Family

A wonderful film - secrets that came out that have never left me… A different kind of Reality TV but very real. This was my very moving visit to Auschwitz, during the making of War Hero in my Family, tracing the history of my father and grandfather when they came to England

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Who's doing the dishes?
Who's doing the dishes?

Reading a recipe is where you sing ‘cheese cakey’ in top C

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love4language
love4language

I loved being in the snug with Welsh people singing nicely and also loudly - S4C's Reality TV for Guardian readers involving Learning Welsh and Glamping.

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Celebrity Coach Trip
Celebrity Coach Trip

I remember the matching pink suitcases of my fellow traveller … and having to vote people OFF oh noooo

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Radio & Podcasts

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues

Live from Primadonna Festival – with Helen Lederer and Samantha Baines

Nick Helm and Nathaniel Metcalfe's Fan Club

Nick Helm and Nathaniel Metcalfe's Fan Club

Episode 145 - Helen Lederer

In Conversation with...

In Conversation with...

Helen in conversation with Journalist Michael Crick and broadcaster Mark Lawson

Helen chats to Michael Ball

Helen chats to Michael Ball

Helen chats to Michael about her Edinburgh Fringe show, what it was like in the Big Brother House and baring all in Splash!

My Teenage Diary

My Teenage Diary

Helen reads from her teenage diaries and talks about her school days in South-East London.

Geoff Lloyd's Hometown Glory

Geoff Lloyd's Hometown Glory

Broadcasting legend and bearded-beauty Geoff Lloyd natters with Helen.

The Divorce Club

The Divorce Club

Helen joins Samantha Baines to chat divorce in this hilarious episode.

Wit Lit

Wit Lit

Lily Lindon's Wit Lit podcast. Lily says: "Actual comedian, author, and founder of the Comedy Women in Print Prize Helen Lederer talks about writing wit, and how to enter for the 2020 prize. Meanwhile we talk about how Helen will literally die if she laughs too much, how groups of women are funnier to groups of men, and Helen writes the first line of my comedy novel.

Philosophy for our Times

Philosophy for our Times

From 'How The Light Gets In Festival' Lederer is philosophical in a reductive and small manner.

Older and Wider

Older and Wider

From the writers of the internationally successful Grumpy Old Women, award winning Comedian Jenny Éclair and Producer and Writer Judith Holder deliver Older & Wider, a podcast that offers insight, gossip and general news from the menopausal front and beyond. A podcast worth getting your ears syringed for. In this episode Jenny & Judith are joined by Helen Lederer. They discuss Jenny and Helen's short lived double act, shitting your pyjamas, Splash and Helen's current project, CWIP.

Drunk Women Solving Crime

Drunk Women Solving Crime

What happens when a comedy legend downs a few proseccos and wanders on stage at the Pleasance Theatre? They solve a crime of course! This week's fourth Drunk Woman is the one and only Helen Lederer! Helen proved to be the kind of detective who cuts to the chase and gets to the crux of the matter, which was especially useful when getting to the bottom of her own true crime.

The Back Seat

The Back Seat

Join actress/comedian Helen Lederer and actress/journalist Elizabeth Healey for a six-part podcast extravaganza on The Back Seat! The two will be out and about over the holiday season – attending exhibitions, movies, pantos and parties – and sharing their antics every Friday.

Inheritance Tracks

Inheritance Tracks

Inheritance tracks celebrates the music that we cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

Knock knock

Knock knock

My new podcast series for BBC Radio. I love doing this - a unique opportunity to talk to genuinely funny people who do the same job as me about anything at all and feel all connected eew

Times Literary Supplement May 16

Times Literary Supplement May 16

I was invited to the Times Literary Supplement to discuss gender and comedy and of course the CWIP prize.

Front Row

Front Row

Not that I’m competitive or anything …it’s the OTHER people who mind…. I love a quiz

Great Lives

Great Lives

My Dorothy Parker worship was joyous - the quoted quotes will tingle and tangle and last for ever

Graham Norton

Graham Norton

well all I can say is YES Graham …. a fast talking romp with the best

Be in the Now

Be in the Now

Be in the Now

Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

I enjoyed my return to pick of the week.