Bad Girls’ Star Treads The Boards At Historic Theatre
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Helen Fraser – best-known for her role as the formidable prison officer from hell Sylvia ‘Bodybag’ Hollamby in the award-winning prison drama series Bad Girls – will be presenting her memories of a life on stage and screen at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal on Saturday 14 June at 7.30pm.
In a career spanning over 50 years, the actress got her breakthrough role in the hit film Billy Liar (1963) playing alongside fellow RADA graduate Tom Courtenay. After that, her television credits came thick and fast, including: Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, The Likely Lads, Doctor in the House, On the Buses, Rising Damp, Tales of the Unexpected, One Foot in the Grave and Casualty. She also worked extensively with comedians like Dick Emery and The Two Ronnies in the 1970s.
Helen Fraser has also enjoyed an extensive theatre career, playing a wide range of parts in the West End and in regional theatres across the country. Her favourite roles include Bill in Absolute Hell at the Royal National Theatre and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich). In 2009 and 2010, she toured the UK as Mrs Fisher in a stage version of Billy Liar and in 2011 she joined the tour of the phenomenally popular Calendar Girls.
Helen’s latest production An Evening with Helen Fraser is currently on national tour and stops for one night at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal – the oldest working theatre in its original form in the UK.
Warnock Kerr, Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal, said: “We are very lucky to have an actress of this calibre visiting the theatre. The evening promises a fascinating and illuminating insight into a life at the top of the acting profession.”