Helen Baxendale is an English actress. She started her career in the 1990s. She debuted on the TV movie The Marshal. Her first starring role on television was as Dr. Claire Maitland on the medical drama series Cardiac Arrest. She next played Cordelia Gray on the show An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. She later became further known for her role as Rachel Bradley on the British series Cold Feet. From 1998 to 1999, she gained recognition as Emily Waltham on the Hollywood sitcom Friends. In the 2000s, she starred as Pandora on the series Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years and had roles in some films, including Ordinary Decent Criminal and Skagerrak. As of 2012, she stars as Lorna Thompson on British sitcom Cuckoo.