Helen Lederer began her career in stand-up comedy at London’s famous Comedy Store. On television, Helen is possibly best known for her role as the dippy Catriona in all five series of Absolutely Fabulous with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, and as her unforgettable creation The Girl at the Bar in Naked Video.
Helen has had a long and successful career in both film and TV shows and comedies, including French & Saunders, Bottom, The Young Ones, Murder Most Horrid, One Foot In The Grave, Heartbeat and Casualty to name a few.
Apart from her active theatre appearances, Helen has made innumerable television appearances either as presenter or guest and her feature films include Fat Slags, , Solitaire For Two and she played Rich Aunt Ruby for Horrid Henry.
Her recent stage work was in the West End production of Calender Girls and Helen is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Aspire and UNICEF.
Helen's books include Coping, Single Minding, Girls Night Out and Girls Night In ( Harper Collins). Helen was commissioned by Hodder and Stoughton to write ‘Single Minding’. This followed ‘Coping with Helen Lederer’ which was ahead of the game in a parody of self help block busters.
Helen will be signing her latest book Losing It at QuizFest UK.
From ‘the funniest woman in England’ Dawn French
'As the minutes passed, Millie prepared herself for the fact that she was now going to have sex for the first time in years by way of a thank you to this kind man in the rather-too-tight new trousers. And perhaps unwisely, she had just consumed very nearly a whole packet of laxatives.’
Millie is agony aunt for ‘The Good Woman Magazine’. In debt, divorced and desperate, she’s about to lose her house. Worse, she has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea and too much weight in places she really doesn’t want.
When she’s asked to be front woman for a new diet pill, Millie naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She can save her house, the weight will be gone and maybe she’ll get sex – or at least have someone to go to the cinema with. If only life was really that easy. As the money dwindles and the weight clings on, Millie is forced to up her game: It doesn’t take her long to realize it’s going to take more than a diet pill to solve her troubles.
The day of the photo shoot arrives…Can a middle aged woman really have it all? A hilarious, brutally honest exploration of a woman who still feels 30 but can't deny the odd stray grey …
‘Funny, witty, quirky…like the woman herself. Treat yourself.’ Jo Brand
'Desperately funny, desperately engaging, desperately readable and desperately adorable.’ Stephen Fry
‘A brilliant creation: scene after scene of blissful agony: savagely funny and I couldn't put it down.'Joanna Lumley
‘Helen is a wonderfully funny woman. I’ve known her for 33 years and always thought she should write a novel. She took her time but it’s worth the wait.’ Ben Elton
'Helen Lederer's novel perfectly blends her considerable talent as a comedienne with her skills as a writer into a super-funny but also resonant read. Loved it.' Freya North