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|
Ann Mc Cabe
|Roy 2||Mrs. Sweeney||BBC
|Fran 2||Mrs. Lacey||Setanta/TV3
|Fair City||Emer Charles||RTÉ
|Custer's Last Standup||Mrs. Connolly||RTÉ/BBC
|The Snapper||Nightmare Neighbour||BBC Film
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Moth||Abbey Theatre
|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
|Steel Magnolias||M'Lynn||Dublin Crypt
|Brian Moore's Belfast||Judith Hearne||Lyric Belfast
|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
Helen Roche is shooting at the moment for the Crazy Film/Octagon Films INSPECTOR JURY TV show. Break a leg Helen
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
Catch Helen Roche in Big Telly Theatre Company’s GULLIVER in Smock Alley Theatre from 8th-10th Nov Great cast & Helen is hilarious in it Book now to avoid disappointment http://smockalley.com/gulliver/