‘Skinhead Helen’ From OITNB Is Unrecognisable Out Of Costume

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Orange Is The New Black’s Skinhead Helen is many things and unrecognisable out of costume is possibly the most awe-striking one.

Although many of the OITNB cast have to undergo some serious transformations, seeing Skinhead Helen, played by Francesca Curran, without the skinhead and face tattoos is rather eye-opening.

Yes, she may have been a minor character in the first four seasons but her appearance alone is striking enough to make her unforgettable.

Check out the side-by-side before and after photos below:

I know. What a difference.

Although the star tattoos are entirely fake, the skinhead isn’t and Francesca spends all of her time off set wearing a variety of different wigs.

Interestingly, in real life Francesca has admitted to being incredibly ‘girly’ – something you can visibly tell her on-screen character is a million miles away from.

Speaking about the change, she said:

In real life, I’m so feminine. I’m so girly. I love my makeup, I love my jewelry and all that; so to really be stripped of all that … The first time I was like, okay, wow. I found myself in the mirror and was like, this is a striking … what a difference.

23, I couldn't have asked for anything more, but I guess it's time to turn 24?

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One of the benefits of looking so drastically different is that Francesca rarely gets stopped in the street whereas the rest of the cast get bombarded by fans 24/7.

Orange Is The New Black season five is now streaming on Netflix.


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Joseph Loftus

Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.