Helen Griffin is a Welsh actress, playwright and screenwriter. Griffin was born in Swansea in South Wales in 1958 and initially studied to be a psychiatric nurse at nursing college alongside comedienne Jo Brand. She was a psychiatric nurse until 1986, when her passion for acting took over. She has appeared regularly in Welsh theatre and television and wrote and starred in the 2006 film 'Little White Lies'. She also appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who episodes 'Rise of the Cybermen' and 'The Age of Steel'. Her films include the 90s cult classics Twin Town, in which she played masseuse Lynette, and Human Traffic, where she played the role of the mother of the central character, played by John Simm. She died on June 29th 2018 at the age of 59.