Nick Helm

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Nick Helm
Birth nameNicholas Tristan Phillip Helm
Born (1980-10-01) 1 October 1980 (age 40)
Finsbury Park, London, England
  • Television
  • stand-up
  • music
Years active2005–present
Notable works and roles

Nicholas Tristan Phillip Helm (born 1 October 1980) is an English comedian, actor and rock musician known for his comedic confrontational delivery. [1] His routines have been described as "brash and bullish". [2] Many of his performances begin with him acting calmly and see him gradually getting more and more enraged about what he is talking about. He came to prominence following the success of his 2010 Edinburgh Fringe show Keep Hold of the Gold. In 2014, Helm made his main acting debut as lead character Andy in the BBC Three sitcom Uncle .


Early life

Helm was born in Barts Hospital in West Smithfield, London, and raised in Finsbury Park, until the age of 8 when he then moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire. [3] He attended Cunningham Hill Primary School, after which he graduated to Sandringham Secondary School. [4] Following this he attended the University of Winchester.

While at secondary school Helm began writing and performing. In 1997, when he was in the sixth form, his drama teacher Louise Howes brought the school's production of Romeo and Juliet to the Edinburgh Festival. [5] Helm played the part of Prince Escalus. [3]


With friends, Helm began taking shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the early 2000s with increasing levels of success. [6]

By 2007, Helm began performing solo stand-up, but also maintained his theatrical work with a 2008 Fringe show called I Think You Stink, which gained critical acclaim. Comedian Richard Herring called it a "lovely little hidden gem... funny, silly and slightly chilling... something very new and special".

Helm has worked closely with his friends on the stand-up circuit, performing mixed bill stand-up shows at the Fringe before his first fully solo show, Keep Hold of the Gold, in 2010.

In 2011, the follow up, Dare to Dream, saw him nominated for the Fosters best comedy show [7] and a joke lifted from the show won Dave's award for the funniest joke of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". [8]

In 2012 Helm appeared regularly on the BBC Three series Live at the Electric performing songs with backing band, The Helmettes. There were further TV appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats (including as Santa in the 2012 Christmas Special) and its spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (on which he has a recurring bit where he repeatedly fails to woo the show's lexicographer, Susie Dent), [9] The Boyle Variety Performance, Russell Howard's Good News and a new show for Edinburgh, This Means War.

His 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show, One Man Mega Myth, strongly referenced Evel Knievel, and he was again nominated for Best Show in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, losing out to Bridget Christie. [10]

Helm won the South Bank Sky Arts "The Times Breakthrough Award" on 27 January 2014. [11]

Helm also plays guitar and sings. He has so far released three solo albums. His latest album is called Hot 'n' Heavy, released on 10 May 2013. [12] He performed "He Makes You Look Fat", one of the tracks from his album, when he appeared as the stand-up guest on Russell Howard's Good News . [13]

In 2014 Helm started playing the lead role of Andy in the BBC Three sitcom Uncle . [14] The show was written by Oliver Refson, and featured songs written and performed by Helm and his band. The third and final series of Uncle was screened in January-February 2017.

Helm's comedy/music show Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment broadcast on BBC Three in May-June 2015.

In 2015 Helm co-wrote and co-starred with Esther Smith in an episode of the BBC Three online series of short stories, Funny Valentines. The episode, titled "Elephant", [15] was nominated for a Short Film BAFTA Award in 2016. [16]

In mid-2017 Helm starred in the sitcom Loaded (Channel 4), about a group of IT entrepreneurs who become millionaires when their company is bought out, and in the food comedic documentary Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm (Dave). He also performed Work in Progress shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, he starred in the online comedy series Angry Quiz Guy.



As actor
2010 Big Babies Major Moustache (voice)13 episodes
2012–2017 Uncle Andy20 episodes
2013The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!Ringer1.10 "Mankind Strikes Back"
2014SantageddonNick PliskinShort film
2014The MilkmanCustomerShort film
2015Funny Valentines: ElephantHimShort film; also writer
2015The Girl in the DressRobShort film
2016Hell's GardenSpade ManShort film
2017 Loaded Watto8 episodes
2018Nick Helm: The Killing MachineSam MillerShort film
2018 The Reluctant Landlord Lemon13 episodes
2018 Roast Battle Santa Claus 2.06 "Christmas Special"
As himself
2010 Russell Howard's Good News Himself3.07 "Episode: 2 December 2010"
2011 Show & Tell Himself1.03 "Maeve Higgins, Elis James and Nick Helm"
1.05 "Diane Morgan, Josh Widdicombe and Nick Helm"
2011So This Is Christmas!HimselfTelevision special
2012–2013 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself / Santa Claus6 episodes
2012 Live at the Electric Himself8 episodes
2012Nick Helm Solid Gold Super HitsHimselfTelevision miniseries
2012The Boyle Variety PerformanceHimselfTelevision special
2012The 50 Funniest Moments of 2012HimselfTelevision special
2013 '8 Out of 10 Cats' Does 'Deal or No Deal' HimselfTelevision special
2013–20198 Out of 10 Cats Does CountdownDictionary Corner Guest / Himself6 episodes
2013BBC Comedy FeedsHimself2.02 "Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment"
2014 Sunday Brunch Himself (guest)1.96 "Episode: 26 January 2014"
2014 Sweat the Small Stuff Himself2 episodes
201530 Greatest Disaster MoviesHimselfTelevision documentary
2015 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Himself (panelist)3.01
2015Greatest Sci-Fi MoviesHimselfTelevision documentary
2015 Live at the Apollo Himself11.06 "Episode: 14 December 2015"
2015 Mastermind Himself (contestant)Celebrity Mastermind 2015/16: "Episode 6"
2016 Drunk History Himself2.09 "Episode Nine"
2017–2018Sunday BrunchHimself (guest)3 episodes
2018 Roast Battle Himself1.02 "Episode: 16 January 2018"
2018How The Young Ones Changed ComedyHimselfTelevision documentary

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