Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1970-06-07 (51 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Wakefield - Yorkshire - England - UK

20 Movies · 14 TV shows

Biography

Helen Victoria Baxendale (born 7 June 1970) is an English actress of stage and television, known for her roles as Rachel in the British comedy-drama Cold Feet (1997–2003), and Emily in the American sitcom Friends (1997–1998) and most recently Mary Charteris in the British docudrama "the Crown".Baxendale's early stage credits include The Soldiers at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, which earned her a 1993 Ian Charleson Award nomination. Her other television credits include Cardiac Arrest (1994–1996), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997–1999), Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001), Cuckoo (2012–2019), and Noughts + Crosses (2020).

Personal Life

Baxendale has been with her boyfriend David L. Williams since her Glasgow days and together they have three children, Her first pregnancy was written into An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and her second was written into the fourth series of Cold Feet.Her first pregnancy (coupled with the fact that her country of residence was the UK, rather than the USA) meant that her character was written out of Friends earlier than the writers had originally intended. Baxendale appeared in only 14 episodes, despite her character dating, marrying, and then divorcing Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), one of the show's main characters.

Early Life

Baxendale was born on 7 June 1970 in Pontefract, West Riding of Yorkshire. Her sister is the screenwriter Katie Baxendale.She grew up in Shenstone, Staffordshire and attended King Edward VI School, Lichfield. She wanted to be a ballet dancer when she was younger. She trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance but dropped out at 17 in favour of an acting career. She moved to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and then worked at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre from 1992–1995.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Noughts + Crosses

Noughts + Crosses

2020
In an alternate history where black people rule over white people and they are united by love, a young couple is divided by their colour but together by love.
Agatha and the Midnight Murders

Agatha and the Midnight Murders

2020
As bombs fall on London, Agatha Christie decides it is time to kill her most famous creation.

2016.

1 Movie
Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb

Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb

2016
Documentary which follows the construction of a trailblazing 36,000-tonne steel structure to entomb the ruins of the nuclear power plant destroyed in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

2015.

1 Movie
How Star Wars Changed the World

How Star Wars Changed the World

2015
Documentary taking a warm and celebratory look at the countless ways the Star Wars universe has inspired fans all over the globe. Whether it be adhering to the scriptures of Jedi, perfecting one's lig...

2012.

2 TV shows
TV
Dirk Gently

Dirk Gently

3.5
2012
Detective Dirk Gently operates on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.
TV
Cuckoo

Cuckoo

4
2012
Every parent's worst nightmare is a slacker named Cuckoo. Ken is the father of a girl who married an American hippie on her gap year.

2011.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Kidnap and Ransom

Kidnap and Ransom

5.57
2011
The first two parts of Kidnap and Ransom were shown on ITV in January and February of 2011. The series follows the work of a British hostage negotiator named Dominic King, played byTrevor Eve, who is ...
TV
Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise

6
2011
The fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie was the setting for the comedy detective series. A British detective and his team solve murder mysteries.
Anonymous

Anonymous

4
2011
Set against the backdrop of the Essex Rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I, the story advances the theory that Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, was the author of Shakespeare's plays.

2009.

1 Movie
Beyond The Pole

Beyond The Pole

2009
A documentary film crew is following the first carbon neutral, organic, vegetarian expedition to attempt the North Pole. Brian and Mark are trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records and save the...

2007.

1 Movie
Dead Clever: The Life and Crimes of Julie Bottomley

Dead Clever: The Life and Crimes of Julie Bottomley

2007
Julie Bottomley's first instinct is to kill her husband when she discovers he was sleeping with her sister. She devised a plan to get revenge on Ian by faking her own death and framing him for murder....

2006.

1 Movie
The Only Boy for Me

The Only Boy for Me

2006
Annie is a single mother who is devoted to her son. Mack wants Annie and Charlie to move to New York with him.

2005.

1 Movie
Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt

Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt

2005
A disturbing docu-drama re-telling the story of the horrific case of Beverley Allitt, a children's nurse, accused in 1991 of killing four children in her care and harming nine others over a short peri...

2004.

1 Movie
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

2004
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's birth, 150 leading artists of the stage, screen and music worlds deliver 150 of the Irish scribe's most memorable quotes. Featured celebrities inc...

2003.

1 Movie
Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

2003
Skagerrak is the story of being hit by happiness. Danes Marie and IrishSophie arrive in Northern Scotland in their late twenties after partying their way around the world. They are out of money after ...

2002.

2 Movies
Flyfishing

Flyfishing

2002
Good-looking, well-spoken Phil is broke and cannot understand how flatmate James has recently acquired a lot of extra cash and a permanent grin on his face. James's secret? Adonis Escorts - 40 pounds ...
Lost in the Snow

Lost in the Snow

2002
The movie is about a teddy bear who gets lost and faces challenges while getting back to his home.

2001.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Dead by Monday

Dead by Monday

2001
Dead by Monday is a darkly comic tale of love and death... but not necessarily in that order. Julie is a sweet, vulnerable young woman who lacks confidence and is obsessed with the memory of her dead ...
TV
Murder in Mind

Murder in Mind

2001
Murder in Mind is a British television drama anthology series of self-contained stories with a murder theme seen from the perspective of the murderer.
TV
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

2001
The British Broadcasting Corporation aired the first episode of Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years. The fifth book in the Adrian Mole series was called The Cappuccino Years. The series was produced for...

2000.

2 Movies
Tales from the Madhouse

Tales from the Madhouse

2000
The crumbling walls of a dilapidated Victorian sanatorium are where eight mysterious characters reveal their secret stories to the visiting camera. One unifying and crucial event in the lives of the e...
Ordinary Decent Criminal

Ordinary Decent Criminal

6
2000
Michael Lynch is a criminal with two wives and a flair for showmanship. He is an embarrassment to the local police, who are determined to bring him down.

1998.

1 TV show
TV
Cold Feet

Cold Feet

6
1998
Follow the lives and loves of a group of thirtysomethings in a heart-warming comic drama as they try to find true love - or at least keep their relationships on track. In this wry and funny look at a ...

1997.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Macbeth

Macbeth

1997
Three witches in Scotland predicted that Banquo would become King. King Duncan had been slain, and was duly crowned in his place. His problems really start there.
TV
Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

6
1997
The Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to eliminate the innocent and pursue the guilty.
The Investigator

The Investigator

1997
A sergeant with the Royal Military Police has 12 years of experience in Northern Ireland. Someone accuses her of being a lesbian and two men from internal affairs grill her for four days. It is an off...

1996.

3 Movies
Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

1996
When three university friends show up unexpectedly, a young lawyer is led into a dangerous world.
Bolshe vita

Bolshe vita

1996
Russians, westerns and Hungarians live unique moments in post-89 Hungary.
Crossing the Floor

Crossing the Floor

1996
Political satire closely mirroring real-life British politics of the time - a self-serving Conservative minister "crosses the floor" to join the opposition Labour Party, at a time when the Conservativ...

1994.

2 TV shows
TV
Friends

Friends

6.56
1994
The mis adventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
TV
Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac Arrest

1994
The workings of an English hospital are shown in this series. Dr Andrew Collins realises he still has a lot to learn. His boss has seen it all. She is a competent doctor, with a cynical view, and is r...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

6.24
1989
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first clas...

1986.

1 TV show
TV
Casualty

Casualty

1986
The staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department are chronicled in a drama series.
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