After a degree in Sociology, half an MA in Criminology (boasting now, and not clever), followed in later life by two doctorates which she was more than grateful to receive without having to do anything. Helen also trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama before embarking on her career in stand-up comedy. She wrote and performed her own material at London's famous Comedy Store as part of the early 80's comedians including French and Saunders, Rik Mayall and Harry Enfield. She was a guest on ITV's Saturday Night Live with her solo comedy act and in sketches with Harry Enfield as well as performing at the first Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal along with Lenny Henry. Her breakthrough into television soon made her instantly recognisable as one of Britain's best-known comedy character actresses. Helen still continues to do stand-up and recently had a sell out run at the St. James Theatre with her show Why The Fuss?
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