Helen Griffin

Last updated 09 January 2020

Helen Griffin (1958-2018)
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Helen Griffin

Born: 1958
Died: Friday 29th June 2018 (age: 60)


Helen Griffin is a Welsh actress, playwright and screenwriter. She has appeared regularly in Welsh theatre and television and wrote and starred in the 2005 film Little White Lies

She appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who episodes "Rise of the Cybermen" and "The Age of Steel".

Griffin studied at nursing college with comedienne Jo Brand and worked as a psychiatric nurse until 1986, when she became an actress

Griffin has appeared in many plays, television programmes and films both in Wales and throughout the United Kingdom. On television, she has been seen in the cult comedy Satellite CityWycliffeLife ForceHolby City and Doctor Who. Griffin's film work includes Twin TownSolomon a Gaenor and Human Traffic.

In 2003, Griffin performed a one-woman show, Caitlin, based on the life of Caitlin Macnamara, wife of Dylan Thomas; the Western Mail praised her "finely-honed and perceptive performance".

In 2005, Griffin won acclaim for her role as Karen in Little White Lies, which she also wrote. Her performance won the Best Actress prize in the 2005 BAFTA Cymru awards, defeating expected favourite Billie Piper.

Griffin's first short play, Killjoy, was written for Theatre West Glamorgan (subsequently renamed Teatr na n'Og) and was first performed in 1993 Two more short plays, The Change and A Generation Arises, were performed in 1994. In 1997, Griffin collaborated with Jo Brand on a short play, Mental, which was based on their shared experiences as psychiatric nurses; the two performed an updated version at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Griffin's first full-length play, Flesh and Blood, which deals with racism in Welsh society, debuted at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff in 2000, and later moved to the Hampstead Theatre in London.[1][9] In 2002, Teatr y Byd in Newport debuted another play by Griffin, I Love You Superstar.

Griffin adapted her script for Flesh and Blood into the screenplay for Little White Lies, which was filmed on location in Cardiff and Swansea and premiered in the UK on January 10, 2006.