Helena Barnes is a renowned British interior designer, socialite and a frenemy of Karen Walker.


Helena Barnes is a well-connected interior designer whose work regularly takes her to other countries. She belongs to Karen's social circle, with whom she she shares a passive-aggressive friendship, much like all of Karen's socialite friends.

When Karen introduces Helena to Grace Adler, another designer based in New York, she reveals that some ladies of her social circle, including Helena, regularly go to Taco Time, a cheap taco restaurant in New York to eat tacos incognito as guilty pleasure.


  • Helena Barnes was written to appear again in the episode My Uncle the Car. However, Joan Collins did not like the script so the character was changed to the male character Beverly Leslie, though all of her lines remained unchanged.
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