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Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale is a famous actress on stage and television from England. Helen Baxendale is widely known for her portrayal as Emily Waltham in the 1998–1999 American sitcom Friends, and Rachel Bradley in the 1997–2003 British comedy-drama Cold Feet.

Early Life

Helen Baxendale was born in Pontefract, West Riding of Yorkshire, England on 7 June 1970. Her full name is Helen Victoria Baxendale. She is 53 years old with the zodiac sign Gemini. Baxendale holds British nationality and follows the Christian religion.

Regarding her family background, she is the daughter of William Baxendale (Father) and June Baxendale (Mother). She grew up along with her sister, Katie Baxendale who is a screenwriter.

Helen Baxendale – Education

Speaking of her educational background, Helen studied at the King Edward VI School in Lichfield and also pursued ballet training. She chose acting as the “next best thing” after discovering she wasn’t talented enough for ballet.

At the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Baxendale received acting instruction.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about her career, In 1992, Baxendale made her stage debut at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre. She was a 1993 “Ian Charleson Awards” finalist for “Best Classical Actor Under 30” for her performance in “Soldiers.”

She played Dr. Claire Maitland in the medical drama series “Cardiac Arrest” (1994–1996) thanks to her theater work, and the role garnered her a “Scottish BAFTA” nomination in 1995. For her performance in the television film “Truth or Dare” (1996), she received her second “Scottish BAFTA” nomination in 1997.

She also portrayed Maggie in Ibolya Fekete’s renowned Hungarian drama film “Bolse Vita” in 1996. She made a name for herself in 1997 when she was given the lead part of Rachel Bradley in the ITV comedy-drama series “Cold Feet,” for which the pilot episode garnered her a nomination for a “British Comedy Award.”

Helen Baxendale

Caption: Helen Baxendale in the British-Irish sitcom, Cuckoo source: Radio Times.

In the 1997 ITV series “An Unsuitable Job for a Woman,” which also premiered in the United States on PBS as part of their “Mystery!” series, Helen portrayed aspiring private investigator Cordelia Gray. As Emily Waltham in the well-known American sitcom “Friends,” Helen Baxendale gained more recognition on American television in 1998.

Further, Along with her TV roles, Baxendale continued to perform in theatre works. She played Romy in Patrick Marber’s “After Miss Julie,” the title role in “The Woman Before,” and Ophelia in Marovitz’s “Hamlet.”

More about her career

She performed in “Swimming with Sharks” at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from 2007 to 2008, and then in 2009, she portrayed Lara in “Among Friends.”

After a few cameos in “Lewis” and “Agatha Christie’s Marple,” she played Susan Harmison in two “Dirk Gently” episodes between 2010 and 2012. She acted as DCI Marion Bettany in Val McDermid’s radio crime drama ‘Village SOS’ in 2011 and filmed the three-part ITV drama ‘Kidnap and Ransom’ in South Africa.

In addition to participating in television shows including “Inspector George Gently,” “Agatha Christie’s Poirot,” and “Midsomer Murders,” Baxendale recently acted in the movie “Anonymous.”

She has been a part of the British-Irish sitcom “Cuckoo” since 2012 as Lorna Thompson, the protagonist’s mother-in-law.

Net Worth 2023

Helen Baxendale has earned a huge amount of money through her hard work and brilliance. Her projected net worth is estimated to be approximately $3 million in 2023.


Moreover, Baxendale also earns a lot of wealth through brand endorsements. Helen has collaborated with various renowned brands and companies including Morrisons Supermarkets, Sky Digital Television, Sky Mini Dish, and Renault Megane cars.

Personal Life

Regarding her love life, At Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, Helen Baxendale got to know director David L. Williams for the first time. Since then, they have been together and have given birth to three children: Vincent Elliot, Nell, and Eric. In the well-known HBO series “Game of Thrones,” Nell portrayed a youthful Cersei Lannister.

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Caption: Helen Baxendale with David L. Williams source: Wikipedia.

Her second pregnancy was depicted in the fourth season of “Cold Feet,” while her first was included in the film “An Unsuitable Job for a Woman.”

She did, however, lose a number of significant assignments as a result of being pregnant, including her role in “Friends,” but she doesn’t regret it because her family is her top priority.

Helen Baxendale – Body Measurements

Helen Baxendale is very beautiful and attractive undoubtedly. She has an excellent height of 5 feet 6 inches (167 cm/1.67 m) and weighs around 55 kg (121 lbs). In addition, Baxendale has a hazel pair of eyes and light brown hair colour.

Social Media

Regarding her social media presence, Helen Baxendale is not active on any social media sites including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It seems that Baxendale is a quiet private person who doesn’t like to share her personal info with the media.