|Birth name||Helena Blackman|
|Born||10 December 1982|
|Origin||Southampton, United Kingdom|
|Years active||2006 – present|
Helena Blackman (born 10 December 1982 in Southampton) is a British musical theatre actress best known for being the runner-up in the BBC1 Reality TV programme How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. She trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
On 29 October 2006, Blackman was seen as Gypsy Rose Lee in a production of Gypsy which was performed at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre. In December 2006, Blackman played Dorothy in an acclaimed run of The Wizard of Oz at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.
Blackman is a much in demand cabaret performer at corporate events, she has recently been featured as a soloist in The night of a thousand voices at the Royal Albert Hall and in Tim McArthur's one-man show Sister Mary McArthur Comin' At-Cha! at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London.
In May 2007, Blackman was seen giving advice to contestant Ben Ellis in an episode of Any Dream Will Do and in July 2007 she appeared as a soloist in an episode of BBC Radio 2's long-running Friday Night is Music Night opposite Daniel Boys. Blackman recently toured the UK extensively as "Nellie Forbush" in a run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific from 2007 - 2008.
On Christmas Eve 2007 Blackman was seen performing with Lee Mead and Connie Fisher and some of the other 'Maria' and 'Joseph' finalists in a BBC special 'festive' reunion show called When Joseph met Maria! - celebrating both the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber BBC shows - it was recorded earlier on 2 December 2007. The BBC show, HDYSAPLM, featuring Blackman, recently won a prestigious international Emmy Award in New York (2007) for best non-scripted entertainment.
On 14 February 2011, Helena released her debut album, The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein, consisting of classic Rodgers and Hammerstein material, as well as some of their lesser known songs. The album is available for purchase from iTunes,Amazon and Dress Circle. She also appears on 'A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe' alongside several other West End stars, which includes songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Blackman has been reviewed by several print and web publications. The Times' Jeremy Kingston said of her performance in The Wizard of Oz "Helena Blackman's voice soars to the yearning high notes, and yet she is not afraid to sing in the softest whisper. Every word is clear and cuts to the heart." Alfred Hickling of The Guardian also gave Blackman praise in the role saying "She gives a sparklingly assured performance, marred only by the usual drawback of appearing at least 20 years too old for a pinafore dress."
The Stage said of her performance as Nellie Forbrush in South Pacific "...she exudes enthusiasm in the....numbers - especially the excellent Thanksgiving Follies scenes - and she looks perfectly 1940s." BBC Nottingham's Heather Hinchley also reviewed Blackman's performance positively saying "Without a doubt the star of the show was Helena Blackman".
- Kingston, Jeremy (30 December 2006). "The Wizard of Oz". The Times (London: Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 13 December 2007.
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- "British shows scoop Emmy awards". BBC News. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- Matthewman, Scott (14 February 2011). "Helena Blackman, Delfont Room/The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein". matthewman.net. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- Hickling, Alfred (8 January 2007). "The Wizard of Oz". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- Duke, Robin (29 August 2007). "South Pacific". The Stage (The Stage Newspaper Limited). Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- Hinchley, Heather (14 November 2007). "South Pacific". BBC Nottingham (BBC). Retrieved 13 December 2007.