About Helen

Helen J. Aitken is a freelance voice-over and writer.

Helen Aitken YTV 2002
Helen in the announcer’s booth at Yorkshire Television 2002

Helen began her career after graduating from Sussex University in 1994. After a stint at AA Roadwatch she went to work as a reporter at BBC Radio York. She also spent several months at BBC Radio Leeds before joining ITV where she presented continuity announcements for Yorkshire, Tyne Tees, Border and Granada Television, for seven years. Helen also worked behind the scenes, producing/directing local weather bulletins and appearing on camera on occasion as a stand-in weather presenter.

Helen was a regular presenter on the national digital radio station BBC Radio 7 for several years. Her voice has been used on countless corporate videos, numerous educational training programmes/DVDs and for a variety of commercial campaigns.

Helen Aitken recording Benchmark at Fuse Media Centre 2014
Recording at Fuse Media – photo courtesy of James Sebright

You might also have heard her in the background on Emmerdale – she’s featured as a radio newsreader and airport announcer amongst others!

Helen with one of her guinea pigs. May 2020

Helen’s other long-standing passion in life is keeping guinea pigs. Her love for these small furry rodents began as a child and didn’t stop when she grew up! Her pets have been a source of joy and laughter in all her homes over the years. A few years ago,Helen began to chronicle her anecdotes to entertain her growing toddler – they soon grew in to popular bed-time tales.

The Stories of Bertie the Guinea Pig have now been published as audiobooks (narrated by Helen.) Click on the icon below to visit his website.

Click here to visit Bertie's website