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Helen Owen born in Rochdale, England on May 1, 1980, is an English theatre actor.

Early life[edit]

Born in Rochdale, Owen went to school at Oulder Hill Academy home of the Gracie Fields Theatre. After making an early professional debut in Manchester based drama City Central, Owen attended Blackpool College studying Performing Arts. She then went on to start a degree in music at Lancaster University. Leaving early, she then played Michelle in the original pilot for Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps before moving to London to study Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting.


After graduating in 2003 Owen went straight into the West End cast of Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre. In 2005 she played the role of Dorothy in the RSC production of The Wizard of Oz at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, a role she reprised in the same production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2006.[1] In the same year Owen appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and The Boyfriend. It was here that she met actor Thomas Aldridge who she later went on to marry in 2012. In 2007 she returned to her home town theatre to play Cinderella in Panto at the Gracie Fields Theatre. The following year she landed her "dream job" in the London production of Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. Over the following seven years, she went on to play the role of Eponine over 400 times as well as Cossette and went down in Les Miserables folklore, becoming the longest consecutive serving female in the shows history worldwide.[2][3]