Welsh actress Helen Griffin who played the stand out role in Doctor Who’s transdimensional resurrection of the Cybermen has died aged 59. She was Mrs Moore, the tech orientated resistance fighter in the 2006 two-parter.
Griffin studied nursing alongside comedian Jo Brand and later worked as a psychiatric nurse before turning to acting. She appeared in Brand’s geriatric ward based comedy Getting On.
Apart from Doctor Who, she also appeared in Holby City, Coronation Street, LifeForce, Wycliffe, and Gavin & Stacey. For many she will always be the masseuse in Twin Town but other movie credits include Solomon a Gaenor, Human Traffic, The Machine and Keith Allen’s award winning 2015 version of Under Milk Wood. Griffin also played the wife of poet Dylan Thomas on stage in a one woman show called Caitlin.
She was also a playright and made her debut with Killjoy (Teatr na n’Og) which she followed with The Change and A Generation Arises. She collaborated with Jo Brand on Mental which drew on their experience of working in psychiatric establishments. Another play Flesh and Blood was adapted for the movie Little White Lies.
Helen Griffin also appeared alongside Torchwood’s Eve Myles in Keeping Faith which was a runaway hit for BBC Wales during the Spring.