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).
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.
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.
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Noughts + Crosses
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
As bombs fall on London, Agatha Christie decides it is time to kill her most famous creation.
Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb
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.
How Star Wars Changed the World
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...
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Kidnap and Ransom
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 ...
Death in Paradise
The fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie was the setting for the comedy detective series. A British detective and his team solve murder mysteries.
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.
Beyond The Pole
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...
Dead Clever: The Life and Crimes of Julie Bottomley
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....
Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt
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...
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde
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...
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 ...
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
The movie is about a teddy bear who gets lost and faces challenges while getting back to his home.
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Dead by Monday
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 ...
Murder in Mind
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.
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
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...
Tales from the Madhouse
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
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.
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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 ...
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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.
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.
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...
Truth or Dare
When three university friends show up unexpectedly, a young lawyer is led into a dangerous world.
Russians, westerns and Hungarians live unique moments in post-89 Hungary.
Crossing the Floor
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...
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The mis adventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
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...
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Agatha Christie's Poirot
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...
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The staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department are chronicled in a drama series.