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Helen Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : March 30, 2019

Short Biography

An exemplary in the field of dancing, Helen is a Burma born Indian actress who took birth on 21st November 1938 in Yangon, Burma. She has been actively working in the Indian Film Industry since 1951.
Other Name: Helen Ann Richardson, Helen Richardson Khan
Other Professions: Film Actress Dancer
Appearance: Bollywood

Helen Complete Bio & Career

Helen first introduced to the Hindi films by her friend as well as an actress for the job of a chorus-dancer in the films Awara and Shabistan in 1951. Then after she was signed for the role of a solo dancer for the films such as Hoor-e-Arab and Alif Laila. However, her career major breakthrough happened through the film Howrah Bridge (a film by Shakti Samant) in which she has had dance performance in the song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" sung by Geeta Dutt. In the early stage of her career, Geeta Dutt was the singer who sang many songs for her in which she gave her dance performance.

Her first ever film was Hum Hindustani in 1960 in which she played the lead role along with Sunil Dutt and Joy Mukherjee. In between 60 and ‘70s, Bollywood legendary playback singer, Asha Bhosle sang so many songs in which Helen gave her dance hit numbers. In 1965, she appeared in the film Gumnaam in a supporting role. For her outstanding acting in this film, she was awarded by the Best Supporting Actress at the Filmfare Awards. She played a tense role in the Shakti Samanta's film Pagla Kahin Ka in 1970. In which she portrayed the role of a rape victim. Bollywood renowned writer Salim Khan helped to establish herself in the film industry by suggesting her name for the films in which he co-scripted with Javad Akhtar. In the 70’s she appeared as a dancer as well as supporting actress in some of the hit films of that decade such as Caravan, Hulchul, Upaasna, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche, Anamika, Geeta Mera Naam, Sholay, Imaan Dharam, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony and Don.

In 1979, she played a supporting role in the film Lahu Ke Do Rang in 1979. Her acting was highly acclaimed by the critics and she won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Filmfare awards. Helen decided to get retired from the films in 1983, but afterward, she appeared in a guest role in the number of the Bollywood films such as Khamoshi: The Musical, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Mohabbatein, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye and Heroine among others. 

Helen Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to Jairag and Marlene Richardson. She has two brothers named Roger JairagRichard Jairag, and a sister named Jennifer Richardson. She is married to actor/Dialog writer Salim Khan since 1981 and together have a daughter Arpita Khan. Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan are her stepsons. Previously, she was married to Prem Narayan Arora from 1957 to 1974.

Life's Important Dates Of Helen

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Christian
Address Galaxy Appartments, Bandra (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Dancing
Marital Status Married
Debut Awara (1951)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Actress Padmini , Vyjayanthimala
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachchan , Dharmendra
Favorite Food Chicken Dishes

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Helen

  • In 2009, she was conferred by Padma Shri by the Govt of India.
  • In 1999, she was awarded by Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • She Won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Lahu Ke Do Rang in 1980.
  • She appeared in over 700 films.
  • Helen was the one who introduced cabare dance and item dance in Bollywood films
  • In 1981, Helen married Salim Khan.
  • Helen and Salim Khan adopted a baby girl, Arpita.
  • In 1951, she began her career as a chorus dancer in the film Awara and Shabistan.

Helen Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

85 years, 3months, 11 days old age Helen will turn 86 on 21 November, 2024. Only 8 months, 17 days, 7 hours,24 minutes has left for her next birthday.

Birthdays Celebrated on Each Day of Week

Helen has celebrated the total number of 86 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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