© 2016 by Helen Anker

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Bio

I originate from the UK where I began performing professionally at the age of 9, playing the role of Louisa in the West End’s production of The Sound of Music starring Petula Clarke and Honor Blackman.

I was then accepted to the highly prestigious Royal Ballet School, where I trained in Ballet for 5 years, coming to the realisation that a career in Ballet wasn’t going to satisfy me enough, and Musical Theatre was where my true passions lay.

I continued my training at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts for 3 more years, then started a very exciting and successful career in musicals and plays in London’s West End including Cats, Crazy For You, Oklahoma, Beautiful and Damned, Contact, On The Town, Candide, and Parade, and many Regional Productions including, A Chorus Line, The Thorn Birds, Dames at Sea, and Let’s face the Music and Dance, and many Christmas Pantos. I also played a role in the BBC’s Television series Holby City.

I decided to apply for a green card, and continue my career in the States, moving to NYC in 2010, and playing the role of Miss Olson in Rob Ashford’s Broadway production of Promises Promises, with Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, and Tony Goldwyn, before playing lead roles in Regional Theaters around the country; favorites being The 39 Steps, Curtains, Carousel, and playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot

While in New York,  TV roles included: White Collar, Law and Order, and The Good Wife, and I can be seen dancing on many opening numbers at the Tony Awards and The Oscars, and more recently in the films Cinderella and Ted 2

After working in LA in the film Ted 2, and falling in love with the city, I decided to move there, to pursue a Bi (or Tri) Coastal Career, with more TV and Film work opportunities, and of course the wonderful weather! 

 

I feel so lucky to be in such a diverse and exciting business, and look forward to many more wonderful opportunities as I continue to pursue my career.

I have recently moved back to the UK to help my Mum through illness (she's doing great now) and landed the fabulous role of Tanya in the UK and International Tour of Mamma Mia! 

Such a thrill.. playing to full houses and traveling the world! 

How wonderful this career is to experience so much and is forever changing!