Helen was born and grew up in Lancashire. She started acting from an early age and gained her first professional acting job in the ITV drama Rhinoceros. This was followed by numerous small TV and theatre roles before she became most recognised for playing the role of Abby Davies in Channel 4’s hit soap Hollyoaks from 2000-2005. Since her time at the Oaks, Helen went on to play the lead role of Maddie in the film Time Out and presented ‘Friends re-united Dating’ for Sky TV.
Helen’s theatre credits include: playing the role of Bridget in the highly acclaimed UK tour of Tim Firth’s Safari Party; Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington (Manchester Opera House); Princess Apricot in Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Princess Apricot in Jack and the Beanstalk (Winsford Civic Theatre); Back to Broadway (UK Tour & Mexico); West End Story (UK Tour), the title role in Cinderella (Rose Theatre, Rugeley) and last year saw her play for the third time, yes you guessed it, Princess Apricot in Jack and the Beanstalk (Rose Theatre, Rugeley and Lakes Leisure, Kendal) for Tread Productions.
Before launching Tread with her husband, Graham Tudor, Helen decided to undertake further actor training in California and became a successful member of the TVI Actors Studio, Los Angeles. She also made time to make some ridiculous celebrity appearances by winning a plate on Ready Steady Cook (BBC) and singing to Ann Robinson as a contestant on the pantomime special of The Weakest Link (BBC)
Helen likes to think of herself as an ‘adopted scouser’ having lived in Liverpool since the age of 17. In 2008, she was delighted to be invited to perform at Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Opening week ceremony at the Liverpool Echo Arena in front of 10,000 people. Her passion for the city has also led her to enjoy work as a featured writer for The Mersey Partnership, VisitLiverpool and Liverpool’s exclusive ‘Waterfront’ Magazine.
Helen’s varied experience as a performer since a young age has always inspired her to encourage other young people to achieve their ambitions. Since the Tread Schools launched in 2007, Helen has loved every second of helping to nurture and develop students from the age of 5 to 21 and having recognised their increasing potential, Helen launched Tread Management in 2012 – an exclusive agency for Tread students, which has already achieved success in gaining professional engagements for many young actors.