Helen Roche

Helen Roche

Playing Age: 60+

Height: 5' 2"

Hair: Fair

Eyes: Blue



Dubliner Helen Roche is a graduate of the Brendan Smith Theatre Academy, although her route to acting came via music. Having studied violin and piano at the Dublin College of Music she gradually realised that she’d rather be up on the stage than down in the orchestra pit.

Helen has lived and worked in places as diverse as Nairobi, Singapore and Perth WA, not to mention touring Ireland, north and south, many times over. Early TV appearances included Kilmore House and Scruples.

Favourite theatre roles include Judith Hearne (Brian Moore’s Belfast), an Andrews Sister (Happy As a Sandbag), M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), and Mrs Hardcastle (She Stoops To Conquer).

Helen’s career then took a change of direction as she set up and developed Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools for children in Dublin over an eight-year period. (The company continues to thrive under new management.)

Since returning to the acting profession, Helen has played in a couple of seasons of TV’s Fair City; she has also been a thieving nun in Mattie (RTE), a murderess in Maru: the Murder of John Cousins (TG4), a dotty disco dancer in Fran2,(Setanta), and a bewildered neighbour in Roy2 (BBC). Most recently she played Jim Norton’s long-suffering wife in TV3’s Deception.

Helen is also an experienced Radio drama performer and has voiced countless TV and Radio commercials down through the years.




Leave Mrs Fleming Mike Hayes
Volkswagen Joe Maura Brian Deane
Deception Rose Joyce TV3
Ann Mc Cabe
Roy 2 Mrs. Sweeney BBC
Alan Shannon
Mattie Sister Philomena RTÉ
Shimmy Marcus
Fran 2 Mrs. Lacey Setanta/TV3
Richie Conroy
Marú Jane Cousens TG4
John Carlin
Fair City Emer Charles RTÉ
Custer's Last Standup Mrs. Connolly RTÉ/BBC
The Snapper Nightmare Neighbour BBC Film
Stephen Frears


Gulliver Granny Big Telly
Zoe Seaton
A Midsummer Night's Dream Moth Abbey Theatre
Gavin Quinn
Tankardstown Mrs. Remnant Andrew Deering
Silly Bits Of Sky Mrs. Murphy Barnstorm/National Tour
Goodbye to The Hill Mrs. Masters Lee Dunne
The Voyage Multiple TEAM/The Ark/National Tour
Follies in Concert Guest/Weissman Girl National Concert Hall
She Stoops to Conquer Mrs. Hardcastle Barnstorm Kilkenny/Waterford
A Lie of The Mind Lorraine Focus Theatre
John Lynch
Steel Magnolias M'Lynn Dublin Crypt
Guy Carleton
Brian Moore's Belfast Judith Hearne Lyric Belfast
Paddy Scully


Hold This Aunt Mary RTÉ Dir: Veronica Coburn
Only The Lonely Gran and Mourners RTÉ Dir: Veronica Coburn
My Spanish Countess Granny (Drama) Title Role Lyric FM Dir: Eoin Brady


Full clean Driver’s Licence, Piano, Violin.


Good facility for accents

Latest News


Helen Roche is no Eejit…

We’re delighted and super proud of the wonderful Helen Roche who is currently performing in DoItYerself’s production of Beryl and Eejit at Theatre Upstairs. This… ‘darkly comic look at the lives of two older ladies whiling away their latter years in the claustrophobic world of gardening and domesticity. ‘ …opened last Tuesday is it going down […]

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More News on Helen …

Helen Roche is shooting at the moment for the Crazy Film/Octagon Films INSPECTOR JURY TV show. Break a leg Helen

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Helen Sandwich

Take a look at our Helen Roche being all cool & down with the kids in Ham Sandwich‘s new music video for their single “Illuminate” (released in the UK on 24th June) Good on you Helen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rcQ748TW8M

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