Helen Baxendale Undressed
Helen Baxendale (born in 1969 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England) is a British TV, film and stage actress.
Like many girls, she wanted to be a ballet dancer, training at the Elmhurst School for Dance, but gave that idea up when she was 17 in favour of acting. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and then worked at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre from 1992 - 1994. It was from the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre that she was cast in the British Hospital TV Series ''Cardiac Arrest'', although that was not her first television role.
She was the star of the popular TV series ''Cold Feet'' playing "Rachel Bradley", she also stared in ''An Unsuitable Job for a Woman'' playing "Cordelia Grey", and made notable recurring appearances on the American hit series ''Friends'' as Ross Geller's' girlfriend/wife/ex-wife "Emily Waltham", which introduced her to American audiences.
Perhaps her most cult TV role would be that of "Dr. Claire Maitland" in ''Cardiac Arrest''. She was nominated for a BAFTA (Scotland) in 1995 for her role as Dr. Claire Maitland and for a British Comedy Award in 1997 for her role as Rachel Bradley.
Other notable roles include "Lorna Johnson" in ''Truth or Dare'' (in which John Hannah also starred), "Caroline Meagher" in ''The Investigator'', and "Julie Matthews" in ''Dead by Monday''.
She was nominated for a BAFTA (Scotland) 1997 for her role as Lorna Johnson. ''Dead by Monday'' won the Angel Award for Best Film in the Monaco International Film Festival in 2003 and the Portland Festival of World Cinema award for best feature film in 2001.
She was most recently on stage as Christine in Patrick Marber's ''After Miss Julie'', but has played various roles including that of Ophelia in ''Hamlet'' (the Marovitz Hamlet) along with Henry Ian Cusick. She was a finalist for the 1993 Sunday Times-Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Award (best classical actor under 30).
She also played "Pandora Braithwaite" in ''Adrian Mole - the Cappuccino Years'' and "Maggie" in the multiple award-winning ''Bolse Vita''.
Baxendale solved the dilemma of mixing acting and pregnancy by going ahead and having children anyway. Her first pregnancy was written into ''An Unsuitable Job for a Woman'' and her second was written into ''Cold Feet'', even though her character, Rachel Bradley, was supposed to be infertile.