Helen Monks is an English writer, actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles in Raised by Wolves, Upstart Crow, The Archers, Holby City, The Last Kingdom, Genius, and Inside No. 9.
Date of birth
She was born on October 2, 1992.
Family and Early life
Monks was born and raised in Birmingham. Both her parents work in theatre. Her brother is a theatre lighting designer.
When she was nine years old, Monks successfully auditioned for the Carlton Junior TV Workshop run by Colin Edwards and remained there until she left school.
Monks earned a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Sheffield in 2014.
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In 2005, Monks became Birmingham's first Young Poet Laureate, aged 13. That same year she was cast in the radio soap-opera The Archers on BBC Radio 4, taking on the role of Pip Archer. She left the series in 2014.
Monks co-founded the Barnsley-based touring theatre company LUNG in 2012. Lung is "a political documentary theatre company that makes theatre with communities, by communities and for communities."
In 2015, Monks came third in the finals of the Funny Women Awards.
Together with actress and writer Tilly Steele, Monks has been a co-host of the Bitchin' podcast since 2018.
The english actress known for playing Germaine Garry in Channel 4's Raised By Wolves.
She was also a regular in the series Upstart Crow and portrayed Maja Einstein in the National Geographic show Genius.
Monks' radio plays include "One Day", which won the BBC young writer’s competition Radio Online in 2007 and "The Chicken Salad of a Troubled Mind", which was made by the Wireless Theatre Company in 2013.
Her stage play "The Piano Man" was performed at the Birmingham Rep as part of their Transmissions Festival 2008.
Monks won the Taunton Young Writer’s Award in 2014 and again in 2015 with her stage plays "Pillow Talk" and "No Fishing". In 2015 she co-wrote "E15" with Matt Woodhead about the Focus E15 campaign group.
After winning a student drama award and being shortlisted for the Amnesty International Award, E15 went on a national tour with the Battersea Arts Centre. It has since been published by Oberon Books.
Her one-woman play "Dolly Wants to Die" premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.
In 2018, Monks co-wrote "Trojan Horse" with Matt Woodhead. The play explores the impact of the Trojan Horse inquiry into an alleged Islamist takeover of a number of inner city schools in the east of Birmingham on the city and the people affected by the inquiry. It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and has won the 2018 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and a Fringe First.
|Born||2nd October, 1992|
|Home City||Birmingham, England|