Helen Anker

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Helen Anker (born 1972, Banbury, Oxfordshire) is an actress and singer who trained at the Royal Ballet School and Bird College. She is best known for playing Zelda Fitzgerald in the West End musical Beautiful and Damned,[1] a role she first played at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford before transferring to London's West End.

Her first professional role came at the age of nine in 1981 when she played Louisa in The Sound of Music with Petula Clark at London's Apollo Theatre.[2] Following this she trained for five years at the Royal Ballet School before pursuing a career in musical theatre.

Anker's other roles include Judy Turner in A Chorus Line at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Vera and Patsy in Crazy For You at the Prince Edward Theatre, Victoria the White Cat, Jemima and Demeter in Cats at the New London Theatre, Thelma Furness in Always at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Louisa Gradgrind in Hard Times at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Aggie in Oklahoma! at the National Theatre, and Iris in Fame at the Cambridge Theatre.[3]

In September 2009 Anker opened in the stage version of It's a Wonderful Life as Mary at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. She has also appeared as Eliza Doolittle in the Guthrie Theater's production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady.

Her television appearances include Holby City for the BBC.

Anker is now based in the United States.


  1. ^ 'Beautiful and Damned' website
  2. ^ Anker's website
  3. ^ Gavin Barker Associates, Management and Theatrical Agents

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