Absolutely Fabulous' Helen Lederer says she is mum-shamed by daughter for giving her junk food

Helen plays Elspeth on Coronation Street
-Credit: (Image: ITV/Danielle Baguley)


Comedian Helen Lederer has revealed that her health-conscious daughter often 'mumshames' her over her past food choices. The 69 year old Absolutely Fabulous star shared that her 34 year old daughter, Hannah, frequently brings up their old McDonald's trips.

During a chat with Kaye Adams on the How to be 60 podcast, Helen admitted: "She's really into healthy food now, so she will remind me of the chicken dinosaurs. She'll remind me that we had those a lot."

Despite this, the actress, who is married to GP Chris Browne, insists they share a strong bond. "I'm sure I did make mistakes because nobody tells you how to do it, but I cracked on and we're here to tell the tale.”

Helen Lederer with daughter Hannah Lederer-Alton.
Helen says her daughter 'mum-shames' her for letting her eat junk food as a child -Credit:(Image: )

Helen is famous for her parts in Ab Fab, Happy Families very recently appeared on Coronation Street - and fans are still hoping she’ll return.

She played Elspeth, a love interest of Ken Barlow. In an episode that aired in March 2024, Ken was trying to help his son in law Steve McDonald start dating again after his breakup with Tracy Barlow.

They went to a hotel bar for a drink while discussing Steve's romantic woes, when Helen's character, a lady named Elspeth, started chatting with Ken. Clearly seeing the spark of some serious chemistry, Steve was understandably disappointed to realise that Ken was getting all the attention, but in a surprising twist, fans at home couldn't get enough of Elspeth!

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Helen made a brief Coronation Street in March -Credit:ITV/Danielle Baguley

Viewers enjoyed Helen's performance so much, that after only a few minutes on screen, they were willing to demand that she stay on the show forever! One viewer tweeted: "Welcome to Corrie @HelenLederer. I like her. Can #Corrie #CoronationStreet @itvcorrie keep her please?".

A second fan also agreed and added: "I'm already loving Helen Lederer (Elspeth) as Ken's new love interest! #Corrie."

And Helen reckoned Bill Roache, who plays Ken, was just as dashing away from the cameras. She said: “I can see why Elspeth is interested in him – he is a real silver fox with very chiselled cheekbones.”

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Fans hope Helen will return as Elspeth -Credit:ITV/Danielle Baguley

Helen continued: “To be offered a part playing a role opposite William Roache is even more exciting. I had met him once before when I sat next to him at an event, and I thought what a lovely man he was and so personable. So for me to be offered this brief role was a joy.”