Helen Woolfenden is an Emmy-nominated Costume Designer, with more than 20 years experience. Her design skills have transformed many period and contemporary film, TV and theatre productions across multiple genres, from comedy to horror.
Having studied Costume Design, Sculpture & Fine Art in Australia, Helen furthered her craft at the Australian Opera Company, tailoring costumes for the industry’s most celebrated principals.
Always following her passion, Helen has travelled the globe creating costumes for leading actors, making new friends and getting lost in the jungle.
Her practical experience spans high fashion (Philip Treacy), traditional costume-making (Angels), visual arts (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London and New York) and most recently wearable digital technology.
Helen has dressed the UK’s brightest artists: actors Olivia Coleman, James McAvoy, Cara Delevingne, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Christian Bale; Comedians Tracey Ullman, Sharon Horgan and David Mitchell. Models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin Le Bon; Singer David Bowie and illusionist Derren Brown.
Helen has also played an integral part in critically acclaimed and award-winning TV shows – including Peep Show, Star Stories, Pulling and Uncle. She is a principal member of the creative team that brought Tracey Ullman’s Show back to the UK in 2016.
She currently runs a successful design consulting business with a focus on creative story telling.
"Helen is a fantastic costume designer. She's got a great understanding of character and tone; is a real team player and will always go above and beyond to achieve a strong, memorable look.
She is a joy to work with."
Director - London Irish
“What a lucky treat working with Helen Woolfenden on any project… she’s innovative, has an amazing eye for detail and spends a huge amount of time getting the vision for each character just right. She’s risen to every challenge a script has thrown at her. You want Kylie Minogue gold hot pants by tomorrow? You’ve got them… and with a smile too. A real pleasure to work with.”
Director - Peep Show
"Talented, reliable and great fun to have around."
Director - Tracey Ullman’s Show
"Helen is a highly experienced Costume Designer who can master any visual brief from Period to Contemporary and understands all genres from Comedy to Horror.
As Head of Department Helen is at once extremely creative, hardworking and totally reliable.
Actors and presenters warm to Helen as they know they are in good hands and her friendly nature puts them at ease.
If you want to achieve something special then Helen is a fantastic collaborator to have on board."