Helen Atkinson-Wood
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Helen Atkinson-Wood

Helen Atkinson-Wood (born 14 March 1955) is an English actress and comedian born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

She studied fine art at the Ruskin School, Oxford University, where she performed with Rowan Atkinson. She also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where she met Ben Elton.[]


Atkinson-Wood was a regular presenter of Central Television's controversial O.T.T. and had a small role in the 1984 Young Ones episode "Nasty".[1] She is known for her role as Mrs Miggins in Blackadder the Third (co-written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis).

She was the only regular female cast member on the radio comedy programme Radio Active, where she played Anna Daptor and other roles, and participated in the televisual equivalent of Radio Active, KYTV. She also appeared in the final episode of Joking Apart as a morning television presenter. In 2007, she guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play I.D.. She played the role of Sybil Ramkin in a BBC radio adaptation of Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett.

She has been a regular presenter for the Channel 4 series Collector's Lot. She has made guest appearances on programmes such as Call My Bluff. She was a guest in episode 9 of the C series of QI, answering a question deemed almost impossible by host Stephen Fry by correctly naming a chemical reaction equation as an explosion in custard, earning 200 points. This was because, she claimed, that she had studied domestic science at school.

Craig Ferguson wrote in his book American on Purpose that he and Atkinson-Wood were in a romantic relationship that lasted five years. He acknowledges that she changed his life "beyond recognition" by improving his health and his career.[2]

Selected theatre performances


  1. ^ Helen Atkinson-Wood on IMDb
  2. ^ Craig Ferguson (2009). American On Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot. pp. 158-59. 

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