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Helena Josephine Barlow-Wight (b. 5 September 1998)[1][2] is a former English child film and stage actress who is best known for portraying Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.[3] In 2012, she starred as young Estella in Mike Newell's Great Expectations alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane and Ralph Fiennes.


Barlow began her career on the small British stage in 2009, where she appeared in a bit part in The Nutcracker for the English Youth Ballet and later participated in the opening number for the Michael Croft Theatre, a host to a variety of school productions, including the Alleyn's Junior School, which Barlow attended in 2010.[4] Her first leading role was Wendy Darling for the Alleyn's Junior School Year Six production of Peter Pan, adapted by Maggi Law. She co-starred alongside fellow pupils Sky Yang in the titular role, George Barnard as John, David Stockwell as Michael and Rebecca Windsor as Captain Hook. Like many of the school's productions, it too was performed in the Michael Croft Theatre. In a newsletter composed for and by the school, Barlow's performance was described as "effervescent and talented."[4][5]

Her most notable role came in 2011 when it was announced in June by the Harry Potter websites The Leaky Cauldron and SnitchSeeker that she had been cast as Rose Granger-Weasley—oldest child of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in the commercially successful Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. At the At the age of 12, this was her first professional film credit.[3][6]

Helena as young Estella in Great Expectations

She went on to appear the same year in Horrid Henry: The Movie, an adaptation of Francesca Simon's children's book series of the same name and in 2012, in Mike Newell's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as the younger version of Estella Havisham played by Holliday Grainger as an adult, respectively. She starred alongside Harry Potter alums Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane and Jessie Cave.

Her latest project was Harriet and the Matches in the title role, a five minute short film directed by Miranda Howard-Williams and written by Heinrich Hoffmann. It also features Bernice Stegers and Cillian Murphy. According to the official site synopsis, the film is an adaptation of "a traditional German fairy tale" and "is a dark cautionary tale about a lonely little girl." The film "mixes live action with puppetry and stop motion to create a visually stunning and atmospheric short film."[7]

Personal life

Helena c. 2010

Barlow was born in Lambeth, London[1] where she currently lives with her parents, two sisters, and one brother. Her interests are ballet, athletics, cooking, and writing.[3]

She is a former pupil of the Alleyn's Junior School.[4] As of 2017, she is attending university.[8]


Year Format Title Role
2011 Film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Rose Granger-Weasley
2011 Film Horrid Henry: The Movie Sour Susan
2012 Film Great Expectations Young Estella Havisham
2013 Short Film Harriet and the Matches Harriet

Stage productions

Year Format Title Role Notes
2009 Ballet The Nutcracker Ensemble dancer English Youth Ballet
2009 Musical Opening of Michael Croft Theatre Schoolgirl Dir. Edward Alleyn
Michael Croft Theatre/Alleyn's Junior School
2010 Stage Play Peter Pan Wendy Darling Alleyn's Junior School

Behind the scenes

  • Before being cast in the Harry Potter films, from the time she was very young she has always been a huge fan and has read all seven novels more than once.[3]

Helena attends the Great Expectations premiere in October 2012

  • She attended the Closing Film Premiere for Great Expectations during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on 21 October 2012 in London, England.[9]

Helena c. 2012

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005. General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Barlow-Wight, Helena. Official, Verified Facebook Account. Facebook. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Actress Helena Barlow Cast as Rose Weasley in "Deathly Hallows: Part 2". The Leaky Cauldron. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Helena Barlow United Agents Résumé. United Agents.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  5. School News: Peter Pan. Alleyn's Junior School Newsletter. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. Young actress Helena Barlow cast as Rose Weasley in Deathly Hallows: Part II epilogue. SnitchSeeker. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. Info for the film 'Harriet and the Matches'. Miranda Howard-Willaims Official Site. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  8. Barlow, Helena J. "Helena Barlow." Depop. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  9. Photos of the 56th BFI London Film Festival: Closing Film 'Great Expectations'. Getty Images. Retrieved 17 May 2014.

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