The actress is best known for playing Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife, as well as taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.
Latest Helen George news
Helen’s hopes for Call the Midwife series eight
The new series of Call the Midwife is once again set to bring relevent social issues to the forefront with the upcoming series set in the sixties. Series eight will raise issues such as contraception, gender and smear tests. It’s smear tests in particular that Helen George is most passionate about.
Speaking about her character, Nurse Trixie Franklin’s role in the new series, Helen said: "We see the start of smear tests and she's very much instrumental in pushing that into the Poplar community.
"So you see her fronting campaigns for women's rights.”
She’s hoping that the focus on smear tests will cause a surge of women to go for theirs, similar to when Jade Goody sadly passed away after a battle with cervical cancer. Helen admits Jade’s tragic death prompted her to go for a smear.
Speaking to Digital Spy, she said: "It definitely did with me because I hadn't had one for ages and I suddenly thought, 'I really do need to have my smear test.' It pushed me."
Helen George opens up about horrific pregnancy ordeal
We were overjoyed when Call the Midwife star gave birth to her daughter Wren Ivy last year but we had no idea of the terrible health scare she had just the day before she gave birth. Helen shared her very moving story on Instagram to try and raise awareness of the condition she suffered from.
ICP is actually quite common in pregnancy affecting one in 140 pregnancies despite not many women being aware of it. In her heartfelt social media post, Helen recalled what happened.
‘The day before we had been out walking the dog when I had the feeling of my blood literally boiling, and an itchiness all over my body even in my ears and in my eyes. I had scratched myself so much that my shellac nail varnish had chipped and I was black and blue from bruising.’
Unlike many women, Helen was very lucky that she was already aware of ICP: ‘I knew that ICP ran in my family, I knew I had a 50/50 chance of having it during my pregnancy. Luckily I was able to call @icpsupport on a Sunday and the magnificence Jenny Chambers talked me through exactly what I should do, “go to the hospital NOW and get your bloods checked”.’
Thankfully, Helen made the trip to the hospital and her baby was born safely and now she’s wanting to raise awareness of the condition and support for ICP Support.
‘within 24 hours Wren was delivered. It wasn’t my “perfect birth” My nail varnish was chipped in all of the photos, my overnight bag was lacking in everything I needed, but Wren was safe, 3 weeks early. Without Jenny’s help our story may have been different. I would love to invite you to my afternoon tea that I’m hosting to raise money for this small, but vital charity. Tickets in bio 💜
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Helen George set to sing for the Queen
Did you know that Call the Midwife actress Helen George is a classically trained singer? Helen, who plays Trixie Franklin in the show will be singing for the Queen on Saturday as part of her 92nd birthday celebrations.
Helen will be performing well known songs from musicals Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Top Hat, in an ode to the 1940's. She will be singing alongside actor Luke Evans and 2008 Strictly champion, Tom Chambers.
Helen took to Twitter to announce her exciting news but admitted she is very nervous for the big occasion.
You can listen to Helen as well as many other famous artists perform for the Queen live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 from 8pm to 9:40pm on Saturday April 21st.
Call the Midwife filming is about to start for series 8!
Good news for fans of the show (which, let's face it - is all of us!) Call the Midwife is about to start filming its eighth series. Helen shared a photo on Instagram (looking gorgeous as always) to mark her 'last few days off before getting back to Trixie'. We can't wait to see what series eight has in store.
How did they hide Helen's baby bump during Call the Midwife?
We've been wondering this for a while, as Helen looks just as slender and glamorous as ever during series 7. It turns out that it was just a matter of clever wardrobe choices! Look again and you'll see that Trixie has given up on her fitted dresses, in favour of roomy capes, bulky fur coats and the odd shawl - just as well this series is set during an extremely cold winter!
Helen slams a body-shaming Twitter troll!
We've always loved Helen but we're even more impressed by her after she called out a Twitter troll following Sunday's episode of Call the Midwife.
The offensive tweet called her 'massive' and said she 'should be put on a diet'.
Helen was pregnant with baby Wren for most of the filming of series seven. She answered back:
'Sorry if my chins offended you, I chose to feed my baby healthily and not starve myself in a selfish act to look good on TV.
'Would you say this to a pregnant lady's face? You should look on pregnant ladies multiple chins with love, they are busy making the future.'
Well said, that lady!
Will Helen's baby, Wren, appear in Call the Midwife?
One of the best things about Call the Midwife is, of course, the multitude of cute babies who appear in it. Now it appears viewers might be in for a treat - a peek at Helen George and Jack Ashton's new baby girl! Helen recently told the Radio Times: "I'm sure at some point she will make an appearance, I've already had my dog in one of the episodes."
New Call the Midwife photo!
Helen George has shared a photo on Instagram to promote the new series of Call the Midwife which has just started! The charming picture features co-stars Leonie Elliott, Charlotte Ritchie and Jennifer Kirby, all in their Call the Midwife uniforms.
And fans of Helen might notice there's something different about her...
The sweet photo is captioned:
'Back on Sunday! The beautiful Leonie and Charlotte being best pals and covering up my 7 month pregnant bump in this shot'
Helen and Jack Ashton on being new parents
Helen George and her partner Jack Ashton have said that becoming parents to little Wren Ivy in October has changed how they feel about Call the Midwife. Helen, who has always loved babies, said she found her scenes on the hit show especially emotional after becoming a mum. She also revealed that seeing the various possible complications of child birth on the show encouraged her to have a C-section for her own baby. Meanwhile Jack has said he feels 'enlightened' since becoming a dad. Any parents will surely remember the feeling of the world shifting on its axis!
We loved seeing them put their new experience to work in the Call the Midwife Christmas Special.
Has Helen George had her baby?
Yes! A lovely little girl who arrived so early she was able to attend her own baby shower! Helen took to Instagram to thank her friends and family for the party, and shared photos of herself and partner Jack Ashton holding their new little bundle of joy while cutting a cake. [pics taken from Helen's Instagram page]
Helen George's pregnancy complications
Poor Helen had a dramatic end to her pregnancy, suffering from a condition called ICP which meant that acid built up in her body. It can be a really dangerous condition, causing premature or stillborn births. Luckily, their baby was delivered early and safely, but Helen did suffer side effects including itching and bruising. She's now a patron for ICP Support.
What's Helen George and Jack Ashton's baby called?
Their little bundle of joy has the sweetest name - Wren Ivy!
Are Helen George and Jack Ashton engaged?
Take a closer look at the photos of the happy family, and you might notice a ring on a certain finger that's been causing fans some excitement! No official announcement has been made yet though.
How old is Helen George?
Helen was born in 1984 and is currently 33 years old.
Is Helen George pregnant?
She was! Excitingly she arrived at the recent TV Choice awards heavily pregnant, which was a surprise for fans. We don't know how she managed to keep it under wraps for eight months.
Helen George and Jack Ashton (and baby makes three!)
Helen is now in a relationship with Jack Ashton, who plays Rev Tom Hereward, having joined in series 3 of Call the Midwife. Of course, as any Call the Midwife fan will know, it’s a funny situation as their characters on the show were also in a relationship, and then split up, while Helen and Jack are still going strong. It doesn't seem to have bothered them though, and the two have just had their first child.
Helen George in Call the Midwife
Helen was cast as Trixie Franklin from the very first series of Call the Midwife, and is still in the show as we approach series 7. She was anxious about working along stalwarts Pam Ferris and Jenny Agutter, so she made sure to train in the medical techniques of the 1950s – adorably practising ‘birthing’ her Yorkshire terrier!
Who is Helen's character Trixie Franklin based on?
While the recent series of Call the Midwife is based on an original script, the early series and the initial concept was based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth based on real events and people. Because of this Helen says she thinks she knows who her character Trixie is based on.
"We think it's a lady who lives in Switzerland called Antonia who has a wonderful husband around her and a lovely husband."
Helen George in Strictly Come Dancing
Just after announcing her divorce, Helen threw herself into series 13 of Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with Alijaz Skorjanec, finishing in 6th place. Their highest scoring dance was the Viennese Waltz.
When did Helen George leave Strictly?
She was eliminated in week 11 of Strictly Come Dancing – Musicals Week.
What else has Helen George appeared in?
Helen has also appeared in Hotel Babylon, The Three Musketeers, Scar Tissue, Doctors, 7 Lives and The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henty.
Helen George: marathon woman!
Helen has always been sporty – as a child she wanted to be a long jumper or a football manager. So it’s no surprise that she’s still in great shape, and completed the London Marathon in 2015.
Helen George and Oliver Boot
Helen and actor Oliver Boot met on the set of Hotel Babylon in 2008 and quickly became an item, getting married in 2012.
Is Helen George married?
No, Helen was married to actor Oliver Boot for three years. But (perhaps because of the famous ‘Strictly curse’) the pair decided to divorce in September 2015.
Who are Helen George's parents?
Helen's father is Timothy George. Her mother is Kathryn George who was a script writer for Hollyoaks, Doctors and Emmerdale.
Helen George's Bisto campaign
With 40 per cent of people over 70 skipping meals because they find them so lonely on their own, Helen was moved to take part in the project to make a difference.
"The campaign spoke to me because I’m a new mum and I have my own family and that makes you think about family meals around the table," says Helen. "I’ve always grown up having Sunday roasts around the table and having elderly grandparents and relatives to come and eat with us and share the dining experience.
"It also ties into the idea of Call the Midwife that community is central and really important – and how we’ve lost that slightly. We don’t speak to our neighbours, we see the old lady in the street but we wouldn’t necessarily go and speak to her. This campaign is a great way of encouraging people to communicate with the elderly and imagine how lonely it can be not speaking to anyone everyday and not having people to eat with.
"I think everyone experiences loneliness – we’ve all been there and it’s even more poignant with the elderly because life’s moved on and they may not have relatives around them and friends."
As part of the project Helen is inviting Valerie, who is in her Nineties, into her home for a roast - chicken for Valerie and a nut roast for Helen who's trying to become vegetarian. "I’m very excited to have Valerie round as I love a good roast and I love entertaining in my home. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with older people and listening to their stories. I hear she’s a fan of Call the Midwife too so I’m interested to give her take on that period. "
Helen says she's hoping to have her new baby, Wren Ivy, at the table when Valerie pops round. "I think it’s very important to have older people around to teach children especially with manners. My granny and mum would teach my table manners and just saying please and thank you and holding the door open for people and giving your seat up to people. All of those things that I think were instilled in previous generations and are somewhat forgotten about now."
Helen George is encouraging people to sign up to offer a spare chair at their dinner table for an older person in their community at www.bistotogetherproject.com
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