Who is Helen George?
Despite having only 15 acting credits to her name, Helen George has gained recognition for her role as Nurse Trixie Franklin in the 2012 series “Call the Midwife”, which is still airing. Also her portrayal of Madeline in the short comedy-horror “The Monster” demonstrated her talent, earning her a nomination for The Monkey Bread Tree Film Award for Best Actress. Continue reading to learn more about her career, as well as her life and what she’s up to.
Early life, family, and education
Born Helen Elizabeth George under the zodiac sign of Gemini on 19 June 1984, in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, she holds British nationality. Helen was raised by her parents Timothy and Kathryn, alongside her brother Adam, in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
There she attended Henry Beaufort School, also studied ballet, and was a junior associate at Birmingham Royal Ballet. She enjoyed sports too, competed in the long jump, and dreamed of being the first female manager of the English football club, Aston Villa.
Helen was bitten by the acting bug after she watched the play “Les Misérables”, and soon afterwards began taking classes at the Birmingham School of Acting. Upon matriculating from high school in 2002, Helen enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, in London, England, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Musical Theatre), in 2006.
Roles in series
Helen made her acting debut playing the role of Susie in an episode of the series “Hotel Babylon” in 2008, although her role was uncredited. Three years later, she was seen as Andrea Towers in an episode of the series “Doctors”, followed by her guest role in “Dark Matters: Twisted But True” in 2012.
Later that year, Helen was cast to play her most notable television series role, to date, as Nurse Trixie Franklin in the historic drama “Call the Midwife”, which follows the lives of a group of midwives in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, in East London. The show, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter and Laura Main, had 37 award nominations and won 20, including two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. Helen has appeared in 92 episodes from 2012 until today – the character she plays is a fun-loving, sometimes a bit rude nurse who takes care of her patient but also enjoys gossiping, and is one of the most favorite in the show.
Concurrently, Helen made guest appearances in “Comedy Playhouse” (2014), “Red Dwarf” (2017), and “DI Ray” in 2022.
UK fans!Our wonderful Helen George is appearing on ITVs This Morning from 11:30 today to talk about all things Call the Midwife! Don't miss it! 🙂
Roles in movies
Helen made her movie debut playing Reni in the 2011 short movie “The Child”, and later that year made her big-screen debut in “The Three Musketeers”, starring Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, and Matthew Macfayden.
Also in 2011, Helen was cast to play Valerie in “7 Lives”, a mystery thriller, which was nominated for the Irina Palm d’Or award for Worst British Film.
Helen was seen as Mel Farrow in the 2013 thriller “Scar Tissue”, written and directed by Scott Michell, about a young man who was stalked by a serial killer, which had no nominations and was poorly rated by the audience.
Her most notable movie role to date, is her already mentioned portrayal of Madeline in “The Monster” in 2015, which was also her first lead role.
Three years later, she was cast to play Miss Shelly in “Nativity Rocks!” a musical comedy about the students and staff of the primary school who auditioned for a rock-musical competition, which the audience rated as ‘not as horrible as you’d think’. This is Helen’s most recent movie role.
Who is her husband? Pregnant during filming “Call the Midwife”?
Helen was married to Oliver Boot, an English actor, with whom she worked on the movie “Three Musketeers”. They married in 2011, and divorced in 2015.
In the following year, Helen began dating her co-star from “Call the Midwife”, Jack Ashton. Their relationship began when they went to South Africa for filming the series’ Christmas special. The two haven’t hidden their relationship, and on 28 September 2017, Helen gave birth to their first daughter, Wren Ivy.
Call the Midwife Series 11: Trixie and Matthew
Where are Trixie and Matthew headed in the forthcoming season?
In this exclusive clip, actors @helen_george and @Olly_Rix give a clue…#CallTheMidwife. The new series begins this Sunday 2nd January at 8pm on @BBCOne xx pic.twitter.com/1k84IH07t4
— Call the Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) December 30, 2021
In 2021, Helen paused her filming for “Call the Midwife” due to her pregnancy. Her character was seen in the series traveling to Italy to care for her godmother, since Helen’s pregnancy wasn’t written into the show. Using gimmicks and a clever camera, Helen’s pregnant belly wasn’t seen in the episodes she filmed before she took a break; Helen and Jack’s second daughter, Lark, was born on 16 November 2021.
As of January 2023, Helen and Jack aren’t married, but they raise their daughters together, and the family of four lives in their residence in London.
Age, height, and net worth
Helen is 38 years old, and her trademark is her platinum blonde hair and bright blue eyes. She’s 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), with vital statistics of 31-24-33.
If you have wondered how rich Helen is, according to sources as of early 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.
Briefly about her partner, Jack Ashton
He is an actor with over 20 acting credits to his name, and besides his role as Tom Hereward in the series “Call the Midwife” (2014-2018), Jack Ashton is perhaps known best for his portrayal of Sean in the 2018 movie “Welcome to Curiosity”.
Jack Benjamin Ashton was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 19 November 1986, in Surrey, England, thus he holds British nationality. There is nothing known about his parents and his childhood.
In terms of his educational background, Jack attended a local high school and matriculated in 2004. He graduated from college, though he hasn’t revealed which institution he attended. He began his acting career in 2007.
Jack is quite secretive when it comes to his love life, so his dating history before he met Helen George, hasn’t been disclosed.
His fans can keep track of his life and career through his Instagram account, which has been followed by over 40,000 people. Besides the posts related to his work, you will see dozens of photos featuring his daughters and his partner, Helen.