Everything you need to know about Helen George

Everything you need to know about Helen George
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The actress is best known for playing Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife, as well as taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

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Latest Helen George news

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. 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 can't wait to see them put their new experience to work in the Call the Midwife Christmas Special.

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Has Helen George had her baby?

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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]

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.

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The face of a tired new dad!

The face of a tired new dad!

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

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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

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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?

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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

Helen is fronting Spare Chair Sunday, a community initiative organised by Contact the Elderly and Bisto, to help tackle loneliness by bringing people together over a Sunday roast. 

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