Where have I seen Helen before? A former darling of the pioneering comedy movement of the 1980s, she appeared in a variety of sketches on the BBC2 comedy Naked Video and also had starring roles in shows like The Young Ones, Bottom alongside her friends Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and in Absolutely Fabulous where she played dippy Catriona.
She has also appeared in Big Brother companion show A Bit on the Side.
Bio: A versatile and long-standing performer she has used her quick wit and slightly unusual looks to good comic effect in a variety of roles.
Latterly she has been seen a lot around the Radio 4 comedy circuit, with an array of appearances on The News Quiz and Just a Minute. She’s been married twice and has a daughter, actress Hannah Lederer-Alton from her first marriage (to former Observer editor Roger Alton). She’s smart too – Helen has written a well-received comedy novel in 2015 called Losing It which was nominated for the P. G. Wodehouse Comedy Literary Award and the Edinburgh Book Festival First Book Award.
She also has a degree in applied social science and a doctorate – that’s Doctor Lederer to you!
How will she cope in the house? She has mused in the past about being a BB contestant. “How do people wash with their swimming costumes on?” she said recently. “It’s disgusting. But I think in the Celebrity version at least you can close the door when you need a private moment.”
Here she is performing stand-up recently:
And here she is livening up the Sky News newspaper review:
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.