Who is Helen Baxendale? Wiki Bio

Helen Victoria Baxendale was born in Pontefract, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, on 7 June 1970, so her zodiac sign is Gemini and she holds British nationality. She is an actress, best known for portraying Emily in the sitcom “Friends” which starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow among others, and which follows six friends and neighbors who are spending most of their time at the café “Central Perk”. The show aired from 22 September 1994 to 6 May 2004, and was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards winning six, Kudrow and Aniston winning individual Awards.

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Early life and education

Helen was raised alongside her sister, Katie Baxendale in Shenstone, Staffordshire by their father who was a theatre actor, and their mother who was teaching at a local high school. Helen grew up wanting to become a ballet dancer, and studied at King Edward VI School, Lichfield. She continued her education at the Elmhurst School for Dance, where she was focused on improving her ballet skills but after launching her career as an actress at the age of 17, she quit dance and transferred to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She then joined the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre in 1992, and was with them until 1995.

Roles in movies

Helen made many uncredited appearances in movie and TV series before she made her debut credited film appearance in “The Marshal” in 1993, followed by her portrayal of the lead character in the short movie “Euphoric Scale”. In 1995, she played Hilary in the short movie “Love’s Lost Hour”, followed by her role in “Crossing the Floor” in 1996.

In the same year, she starred as Lorna Johnston in the comedy crime film “Truth or Dare” which also starred John Hannah and Susan Lynch and which is about three university students who are pushing the lawyer Lorna Johnston into an evil world.

For her performance, Helen was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Television Film.

She went on to portray Maggie in “Bolse Vita”, Sgt. Caroline Meagher in “The Investigator”, and Joan in “I’d Like a Word With You” in 1997. Many roles followed, such as those in “Macbeth”, “The Servant Girl”, and “Ordinary Decent Criminal” in 2000 before she was invited to portray the main character Julie Matthews in the comedy movie “Dead by Monday”, which also starred Tim Dutton and Guylaine St-Onge and is about a relationship between a young woman and an angry writer. In 2002, she starred as Sam in “Flyfishing”, and then voiced Lily in the animated movie ‘Lost in the Snow”.

She played the lead character Stella in the Danish drama movie “Skagerrak” in 2003 before being invited to star in “The Only Boy for Me” in 2006, and “Dead Clever” in 2007. Helen portrayed Becky in the mockumentary film “Beyond the Pole”, while her latest appearances in movies have been in the short film “Big Mouth” in 2010, and the period drama film “Anonymous” in 2011.

Appearances in TV series

Helen made her debut TV series appearance when she portrayed Emma in the episode “Give Us This Day” of the medical drama series “Casualty” in 1993. She went on to star as Dr. Claire Maitland in another medical drama series “Cardiac Arrest”, and for her performance was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award for the Best Actress in Television.

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Some of her following roles were in “Dangerfield” in 1995 and “In Suspicious Circumstances” in 1996.

She appeared in 10 episodes of “An Unsuitable Job for a Woman” in 1997, before starring as Rachel Bradley in the comedy drama series “Cold Feet”, which also starred James Nesbitt and Robert Bathurst, and which follows three couples living in Manchester. For her performance, Helen was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress, and won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress. Helen went on to appear in six episodes of “Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years” in 2001, an episode of “Murder in Mind” in 2003, and a single episode of “Agatha Christie’s Marple” in 2008.

Helen’s next notable role was in the sitcom “Cuckoo” in which she portrayed the lead character Lorna Thompson between 2012 and 2019, and some of her other recent appearances in TV series have been in “The Secrets” in 2014, “Midsomer Murders” in 2016, and “Noughts + Crosses” in 2020.

Roles in theatre plays

Helen played the main character in the play “Soldiers” performed at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre in 1993, and for her performance was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. She played Christine in the production of “After Miss Julie”, and then portrayed Romy in “The Woman Before” in 2005. She was cast to play Ophelia in “Hamlet”, and in 2009 portrayed Lara in the play “Amongst Friends” at Hampstead Theatre.

Overall, Helen has more than 50 credits in her acting portfolio.

Love life and relationships

Helen met her husband David L Williams sometime in 1990, and after three years of dating the two married in 1993 in a small ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family. She became pregnant while she was shooting for the sitcom “Friends” in 1998, and although she was supposed to appear in it during its entire fifth season as she was married to one of the main characters, Ross Geller, the directors had to write her out. Helen and David’s daughter Nell Marmalade Williams was born on 13 September 1998, and their son Eric Mustard Williams followed in October 2001.

At the age of 36, Helen gave birth to their second son Vincent Elliot Mash Williams on 20 June 2006.

David L. Williams holds both British and American nationality, and is a noted film director and producer currently living in London, England. His first notable work was the comedy “Beyond the Pole” in 2009, which won nine awards while being shown at festivals around the US and Europe.

Hobbies and other interests

Helen is still interested in dancing, and is proficient in a variety of styles such as ballet, tango, and contemporary. She can’t drive a car, which is why the cars she can be seen driving in movies and TV series are fake and are usually on a low-loader.

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Helen is also afraid of flying and often finds other means of transport except for very long distances. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, mostly in nature including in parks and up in the mountains, and is an advocate for reducing air pollution by travelling by bicycles, using solar energy, and similar. She is a lover of animals and has two pet dogs.

Helen has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kate Winslet, while some of her favorite movies are “The Dark Night Rises”, “Doctor Strange” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

Appearance and net worth

Helen is 49 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.

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