A professional actress who has appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale has swapped life in front of the camera for a role in caring for vulnerable people.
Nikki Helens has played various characters in Emmerdale, including a nurse, and has appeared in Coronation Street as Peter Barlow’s solicitor and, more recently, as a midwife.
But with filming for most TV programmes now suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Helens applied for a job as a care and support worker for Caremark’s Kirklees branch.
Helens said: “I saw various care companies advertising for staff and Caremark (Kirklees) responded immediately when I applied. I am so glad they did as I have definitely made the right choice. I am really loving the job. I have always been a people person, so this is a perfect job, and knowing I am helping customers to remain in their homes is fantastic.”
Helens hopes to stay on at Caremark when acting work starts up again. She added: “I joke that appearing as a nurse and midwife has prepared me well to be a carer, but in all honesty, I think even when this is all over, I will probably continue in my care role with Caremark in between acting jobs. Caring provides the flexibility to enable me to do this but it’s generally also a job I really enjoy.”
The actress, who is also a mobile beauty therapist, has been filmed in her Caremark outfit, for a programme called Isolation: The Series, which involves people all over the world recording clips of people getting ready to go to work.
“The video I appeared in was done as a thank you to all the key workers across the world so it’s very apt, and now, being a carer myself, it is also providing me great on-the-job research if I get a caring role again on screen,” she said.