helen-grady1_28730881816_oI was born in Birmingham and went to University in Bristol where I studied French.  My first job was with a tour operator and I travelled around Europe as a tour guide.  I then moved to Edinburgh where I worked for the National Trust for Scotland in the Travel Trade department, running their holiday cottages department.

I moved to Buxton in 1987, with my then husband, Chris Grady, and lived there with my son and daughter for almost 20 years, working mostly in charity administration.

My first play: “A Woman of Uncertain Age” was written for the Buxton Festival Fringe in 2003 (written under the pseudonym Maggie Dealey).

At the age of 47, I went to the Oxford School of Drama, finally fulfilling a long-held ambition to train as an actor. Since graduating in 2006 I have worked on stage and screen including appearing in Gregory Doran’s acclaimed RSC production of Death of a Salesman in Stratford-upon-Avon and in the West End.

I now spend much of my time in Spain living with my partner, Mark, and with Rosa: the stray-who-came-to-stay.

Our Spanish cortijo is somewhat rustic (no mains electricity and at the end of a rough track which stops at the house) but it’s beautifully situated in a peaceful and sunny valley in Almeria province.

As we move ahead with our plans for a life in Spain, the website will start to have more details of our “Spanish project” which will include special interest holidays and film production.

I have a UK base in Birmingham and frequently stay in London or the Derbyshire Peak District when visiting friends and family.

I’m currently working on the screenplay for three short films and two feature films.

I am represented for acting work by Samantha Dodd at Carey Dodd Associates.

You can find out more about me here and can have a look at my Spotlight CV.