For her 10-episode appearance on Friends, Helen received £1,000 a week which she used to pay for tax and accommodation.
An ideal night out for Helen would be spending it in Paris watching something entertaining in the cinema, having a quick drink, and going home.
Helen is good at growing tomatoes. She's bad at being organized.
If she were a politician, Helen would make schoolchildren attend ballet lessons each morning. She would also bring back old-fashioned TV programs for children and ban advertising geared towards them.
Helen married her producer husband David Elliott in 1998. They have three children, Nell, Eric and Vincent/"Vinny" who was born on June 20th, 2006.
Helen has recorded many voice-overs for commercials.
Helen never learned how to drive.
Helen was nominated for a British Comedy Award in 1997 for her role as Rachel Bradley in Cold Feet.
It was at the Citizens Theatre that she met director David Elliot.
She was nominated for the 1993 Ian Charleson Award for her performance in the play The Soldiers.
She has a sister named Kate.
Helen: Wouldn't it be much more interesting to go and interview a scientist, don't you think? I don't really want to know about Hollywood stars and actors, because it's all the same. There's not that much mystery about it really.
Helen: (on not living in the US) I feel very British, very European. This is definitely my home and I don't want to go to the other side of the world. I like it here. I like knowing a culture intimately and having a history.
Helen: (on the most surprising thing that has happened to her, in November 2007 interview) Having three children. I never imagined I would do that or get to this stage of life. I never saw myself as proper grown up.
Helen: Childhood is pretty fantastic but every age has its moments of beauty.
Helen: (about being on "Friends") Being in the show was wonderful, but having had a glimpse of that notoriety, I thought: no thanks. It's great to be able to walk about London and not be chased.
Helen: (on becoming a film star) It's not a desperate desire. I don't lie in bed at night and go, 'God, I hope I'm a star'. But if it did happen, it wouldn't gall me, either.
Helen: (on the environment and the future of the planet) I just don't understand why we're not doing anything about it. It's like we're all trundling along thinking, huh, it's not going to happen. And unless we find some amazing way of eating carbon out of the atmosphere, it IS going to happen!
Helen: (on cosmetic surgery for her nose which she doesn't like) I'd never go under the knife for something so trivial.
Helen: I remember going to London with my friends after we'd seen Desperately Seeking Susan wearing my Dad's old paisley housecoat, some long johns and lots of crosses.
Helen: People are really stupid. They think you're serious and intelligent if you're a brunette with a pale complexion and a bit of a hooked nose. If you're blonde and pretty, they don't give you that sort of part. It's short-sighted and stupid, but that's how it goes.