Helen Lederer
Actress, comedian, writer, presenter, wine commentator, after dinner speaker - Helen Lederer is instantly recognisable as one of Britain’s best known comedy character actresses.

Entries by Helen Lederer

My Bad Tips and Good Tips for Successful Story Writing

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (01:00)

Wrenching it on to the page can be a challenge if you're burdened with any of the following:

Next door is building a bathroom
Next door has finished the bathroom and has moved on to decking
Or hoovering

One's daughter is back from Thailand and wanting...

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Reality, Comedy or Fantasy - I Know Which Side My Bread Is Buttered

(1) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (01:00)

I was invited to consider the merits of fantasy and reality for the mind probing HowTheLightGetsIn festival and have erred on reality...

I am interested in the 'everywoman'. The person who obverses truthfully and yet doesn't consider herself to be central to the stage. When I'm out now on...

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Speaking of Grief

(3) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (01:00)

It was an arresting image - to see the faces of our comedy elite with the coffin of such an iconic figure. An unintended tableau of England's great and talented comedy pioneers - who have shaped the 80s.



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Crowdfunding: Cutting Edge or 21st Century Begging?

(4) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (01:00)

As a member of the word processor generation (although not quite the electric typewriter generation) I feel I've done pretty well. I've not needed an Open University course telling me how to switch on a PC, or paid an eighteen year old to boost my multi-globalisation out-reach profile with a...

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Age Doesn't Matter Unless You Are a Cheese

(3) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (01:00)

Well, it's good to have a go - because if you don't put it out there - it won't come to you. Unlike in the States where it is commonplace to see woman of any age on the job.

Even the gallant men who try to champion the older...

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Car Crash Television is the New Black

(3) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (00:00)

I can vouchsafe as a participant of the reality show, Splash!, that more people choose to watch what they consider to be 'bad television' than switch off. The same pundits who lucidly expressed their affront for what was essentially a variation of 'Big Brother - On Ice - while Strictly...

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Jimmy Savile Wins in Scandal Time Line

(0) Comments | Posted 20 October 2012 | (01:00)

The James Savile story seems to have been running longer than the Profumo affair, Charlie Sheen and Rebekah Brooks' severance deal.

What started as a sideline interest in an eccentric who may or may not have been featured on the highly distinguished Newsnight programme has morphed into a debate...

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A Paisley Tent in Hay-on-Wye

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2012 | (01:00)

I'm standing in a paisley tent in Hay-on-Wye at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival and seeing art unfold. A camera, manned by some very cool men, is positioned to capture Stella Vine's 12 hour painting marathon on a huge canvas. She is disarmingly open. The kind of dedicated true artist...

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Neither Puffy Female Nor a Doctor Be

(2) Comments | Posted 10 April 2012 | (19:23)

A lot of research vexing about body image seems to be getting air time. Some findings have revealed that more men are worrying about their appearance from 'man boobs to tums' - http://bit.ly/z1EtUT- but the tax payer has also funded some contra revelations: 'until young girls get more...

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New Year - New Drinking Guidelines

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2012 | (10:09)


Great excitement! The new rules on drinking from The Department for Health have inadvertently drawn me into the BBC Breakfast studio to talk to my mates Sian and Bill.

Women should not regularly drink more than two to three units...

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Cuts, Strikes and Striking Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (00:00)

On Saturday I got up alarmingly early to beaver across to Sky TV studios for the privilege of reviewing papers.

When I arrived the lure of mascara, foundation and socket line being applied by a make-up professional was too much for me, and as I succumbed to the gentle tapping...

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Naked - Moi?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2011 | (01:00)


Here is a pic of me naked - except that I'm not quite - as you may spot my feat-ured bra strap - taken by Andrea Vecchaito for a calendar to raise money for Bernie Katz's...

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First Night Nerves at Opening of The Killing of Sister George

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2011 | (01:00)

I have opened in the play - The Killing of Sister George at the London Arts Theatre.

I look rather alarmed in the picture below as my hand goes on breast of excellent actress Liz Cadwallader...this is because I am rather alarmed.

The play is retro 60s...

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Helen Lederer: Behind the Scenes Shooting the New Series of Absolutely Fabulous

(6) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (01:00)

The Ab Fab rehearsing week was colourful... Baby Spice arrives - I luvs her. I hold her hand for a long time. Lulu arrives - teeny, white trousers and abundant hair but amazingly calm and cheery for someone who's on that dancy dancy show as well. There's Lindsay Duncan -...

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