Helen Baxendale

Biography: Helen Baxendale is an English TV, film, and stage actress.

Like many girls, she wanted to be a ballet dancer, training at the Elmhurst School for Dance, but she gave that idea up when she was 17 in favor of acting. She trained at the world famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and then worked at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre from 1992-1994. It was from the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre that she was cast in the British Hospital TV Series Cardiac Arrest, although that was not her first television role. She was the star of the popular TV series Cold Feet playing Rachel Bradley. She also starred in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman playing Cordelia Grey, and made notable recurring appearances on the American hit series Friends as Ross Geller's' girlfriend/wife/ex-wife Emily Waltham. Her appearance on the comedy hit show introduced her to American audiences. Perhaps her most cult TV role would be that of Dr. Claire Maitland in Cardiac Arrest. She was nominated for a BAFTA
Helen Baxendale is an English TV, film, and stage actress.

Like many girls, she wanted to be a ballet dancer, training at the Elmhurst School for Dance, but she gave that idea up when she was 17 in favor of acting. She trained at the world famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and then worked at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre from 1992-1994. It was from the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre that she was cast in the British Hospital TV Series Cardiac Arrest, although that was not her first television role.

She was the star of the popular TV series Cold Feet playing Rachel Bradley. She also starred in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman playing Cordelia Grey, and made notable recurring appearances on the American hit series Friends as Ross Geller's' girlfriend/wife/ex-wife Emily Waltham. Her appearance on the comedy hit show introduced her to American audiences.

Perhaps her most cult TV role would be that of Dr. Claire Maitland in Cardiac Arrest. She was nominated for a BAFTA (Scotland) in 1995 for her role as Dr. Claire Maitland and for a British Comedy Award in 1997 for her role as Rachel Bradley.

Other notable roles include Lorna Johnson in Truth or Dare (in which John Hannah also starred), Caroline Meagher in The Investigator, and Julie Matthews in Dead By Monday.

She was nominated for a BAFTA (Scotland) 1997 for her role as Lorna Johnson. Dead By Monday won the Angel Award for Best Film in the Monaco International Film Festival in 2003 and the Portland Festival of World Cinema Award for Best Feature Film in 2001.

She also appeared on stage as Christine in Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, but has played various roles including that of Ophelia in Hamlet (the Marovitz Hamlet) along with Henry Ian Cusick. She was a finalist for the 1993 Sunday Times-Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Award (best cal actor under 30).

She also played Pandora Braithwaite in Adrian Mole - the Cappuccino Years and Maggie in the multiple award-winning Bolse Vita.

Helen solved the dilemma of mixing acting and pregnancy by going ahead and having children anyway. Her first pregnancy was written into An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and her second was written into Cold Feet, even though her character, Rachel Bradley was supposed to be infertile.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cuckoo: Season 1 Sep 25, 2012 Lorna Thompson 6.3
tbd Dead Clever Jan 1, 2007 Sarah tbd
tbd Cold Feet: Season 5 Feb 23, 2003 Rachel Bradley 9.0
tbd Cold Feet: Season 4 Nov 18, 2001 Rachel Bradley 9.0
tbd An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Season 4 May 16, 2001 Cordelia Gray tbd
tbd Cold Feet: Season 3 Nov 12, 2000 Rachel Bradley 9.0
tbd Cold Feet: Season 2 Sep 26, 1999 Rachel Bradley 9.0
tbd An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Season 3 Aug 27, 1999 Cordelia Gray tbd
tbd Cold Feet: Season 1 Nov 15, 1998 Rachel Bradley 9.3
tbd Friends: Season 5 Sep 24, 1998 Emily Waltham [Voice] 8.9
tbd An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Season 2 Feb 19, 1998 Cordelia Gray tbd
tbd An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Season 1 Oct 24, 1997 Cordelia Gray tbd
tbd Friends: Season 4 Sep 25, 1997 Emily Waltham [Voice] / Emily Waltham 9.1
tbd Friends: Season 3 Sep 16, 1996 Emily Waltham 9.0