Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer Actress Comedian Writer at Great British Speakers

Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy ‘Catriona’ in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series and more recently in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

She also created the 'Girl At The Bar' in the BBC comedy sketch show ‘Naked Video’. Helen is known for her unique wit and observational humour. A comedy writer with an extensive portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, not only as a stand-up comedian but also as a comedic novelist and contributor to various respected publications.

Helen has starred in a great number of top TV comedy and radio shows. She was part of the group of early 1980’s comedians who changed the country’s comedy landscape, including Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, the late Rik Mayall and Ben Elton who made their names at London’s 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 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’ and ‘Hollyoaks’.

Children’s TV includes the much-loved children's favourite 'Miss Bowline-Hitch' along with Bernard Cribbins for CBeebies' ‘Old Jacks Boat’ and played Rich Aunt Ruby in ‘Horrid Henry: The Movie’.

On BBC radio she has written and performed her own comedy series ‘Life with Lederer’ and ‘All Change’ as well as being a panellist on shows such as ‘The News Quiz’, ‘Just a Minute’, ‘Quote...Unquote’, ‘A Good Read’, ‘Open Book’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’.

She’s been a columnist for Woman & Home and The Independent as well as contributing to The Mail on Sunday, The Express and The Daily Telegraph. She has been the ‘agony aunt’ for Woman’s Weekly. Her theatre work includes ‘Educating Rita’, and playing Doreen in Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Having a Ball’, ‘The Vagina Monologues’, ‘Calendar Girls’, ‘The Killing of Sister George’, in London's West End, interspersed with many fringe plays. Her first comedy novel ‘Losing It’ was nominated for the PG Wodehouse comedy literary prize.

Much to Helen’s surprise, her recent appearance in Celebrity Big Brother led to her trending on Twitter, being saved by the public vote three times affording her the new title of “national treasure”. 

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