Helli Louise

Helli Louise

Helli Louise Brunchmann Jacobson, often billed merely as Helli Louise, is a former actress who appeared in films and television, including The Benny Hill Show, during the 1970s.

Born 2 August 1949 in Copenhagen, Helli first made a name for herself in the Scandinavian sex film industry of the late sixties. Her portrayal of an incestuous teen in Joe Sarno's Daddy, Darling (1970), lead film critic and future film director Joe Dante to remark in the magazine Film Bulletin "Helli Louise possesses a pouty, Lolita-like face and breasts like a cow."

Helli moved to the UK in the early seventies, studying at the London Film School circa 1971 and developing a curious Copenhagen/Cockney accent along the way. Represented by Barrie Stacey Promotions, during her British acting career. She appeared in pornographer John Jesnor Lindsay's film The Hot Girls (1974) a fake expose on the modeling world. More mainstream work included guest appearances in The Sweeney and The Goodies, several unclothed roles in British sex comedies and Carry On Behind (1975). Curiously she wears the same dress in The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (1975), The Sweeney (1975), and The Benny Hill Show (1973) Helli was also active on stage appearing in a touring production of Hair in 1974 and in the stage farce Pyjama Tops (circa 1973) where co-stars included Fiona Richmond, Jess Conrad and Lucienne Camille.

By the mid-seventies Helli was becoming tired with being typecast in 'Scandivian Sexpot' roles. "I seem to have spent about ten years playing the same 18 year old dumb, busty Danish Blonde who thinks with everything but her brain," she told Titbits magazine in 1976. "I get a kick out of being able to turn a guy on, but achieving something with my brain gives me even more pleasure." Aside from her acting career Helli was also the managing director of a clothing firm, and worked in the music industry managing a band called Ix, "within a few months I expect to be smallest big name in the business." After a role in 1979’s The World is Full of Married Men, Helli left acting to pursue work in the music industry full time, and has since worked for Harvey Goldsmith. Asked by Titbits what her favorite drink was Helli claimed 'a bottle of strong beer' and boasted at being able to drink any of her male friends under the table. She also claimed her ideal night out would involve "the local up the road from my basement flat in West London… a few drinks and a game of darts, the lads up there are rude and crude, but they are very natural with it."

Daddy Darling is due to be released on DVD in America on July the 29th.

Acting roles

  • I, a Woman part 3: The Daughter (1970, Drug Addict)
  • Udsigt til garden og gaden (1970, Susanne)
  • Lille dosis strindberg (1970, Martha)
  • Nana (1970, Simone)
  • Daddy Darling (1970, Katja)
  • Dagmars hot pants (1971, Britta)
  • 24 hours with Ilse (1971)
  • Salto Mortale (1971, TV as "Helli Louise Brunchmann")
  • Up Sunday (197?, TV)
  • The Benny Hill show (1973, TV)
  • Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1973, uncredited)
  • Pyjama Tops (1973?, Stage, Claudine Amour)
  • The Empire Builders (197?, Stage)
  • The Goodies and the Beanstalk (1973, TV, Girl with the Puppies)
  • The Goodies :Winter Olympics (1973, TV, Eskimo Nell)
  • Marriage Go Round (197?, Stage)
  • The Bed (197?, Stage)
  • The Informer (197?, Stage)
  • The Hot Girls (1974)
  • Hair (1974, Stage, Tribe Member)
  • The Goodies: The Race (1974, TV, Dana)
  • The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (1975, Newsagents Daughter)
  • Love Thy Neighbour (1975, TV, Angie)
  • The Sweeney: Golden Boy (1975, TV, 2nd girl in pub)
  • Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975, Eva)
  • Carry on Behind (1975, Nudist)
  • Hardcore (1977)
  • The World is Full of Married Men (1979, backing singer)

References

  • Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (Reynolds & Hearn Books) (third edition) 2007
  • Titbits magazine No.4721 Sept 9-15 1976 Helli's Biggest Sin by Douglas Marlborough

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