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Helen Pearson is a British actress who has been in three major soap operas, EastEnders (during 1990 as April McIntosh), Emmerdale (from 2000 to 2001 as Carol Wareing), and as Frankie Osborne in Hollyoaks from 2002 until 2017.

Helen Pearson
Born (1959-11-16) 16 November 1959 (age 59)
Years active1988–present
TelevisionEastEnders (1990)
Emmerdale (2000—2001)
Hollyoaks (2002—2017)


Her first acting role was in 1988, playing a supermarket assistant in Consuming Passions. She also played April in Eastenders in the early 1990s

She has also appeared in the television dramas The Darling Buds of May and Murder in Mind.

Before making her Hollyoaks debut, she also played the character Mrs. Atkins in Attachments.

On Halloween 2017, after having been the longest-serving female on Hollyoaks as Frankie Osborne for 15 years, the character was killed off and Pearson left the show.

Personal lifeEdit

Pearson married in 2013.[1] In 2015, she was convicted for drink driving.[2] She is the older sister of Richard Cadell, the puppeteer for Sooty.


Programme Character Year
EastEnders April McIntosh 1990
Emmerdale Carol Wareing 2000-2001
Hollyoaks Frankie Osborne[3] 2002-2017
Inspector Morse (TV series) Debbie Rep[4]
A Touch of Frost Addie Parsons[5]
Sooty (2011 TV series) Dame Helena Pearsona 2013


  1. ^ "'Hollyoaks' star Pearson marries partner". Digital Spy. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  2. ^ "Hollyoaks star banned from driving". Digital Spy. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  3. ^ "Hollyoaks – Profiles – Frankie Osborne (Helen Pearson) – All 4". Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  4. ^ "Inspector Morse – what time is it on TV? Episode 1 Series 12 cast list and preview". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  5. ^ "A Touch of Frost – what time is it on TV? Episode 4 Series 4 cast list and preview". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2016-12-20.

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