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Helen Hawkins is one of the main characters on Freeform's series, Siren. She is portrayed by Rena Owen.

Helen is an antique shop owner and the local folklore expert. Since the resurfacing of mermaids in Bristol Cove, she has formed somewhat of a friendship with Ben Pownall and Maddie Bishop in order to help with Ryn and her sister Donna. She later reveals to Donna that she is one of them.

She is eventually revealed to be the last living descendant of the human-mermaid hybrid daughter of Charles Pownall and his former mermaid lover. Due to the interference a suspicious Elaine, she learns that she is not the last of her lineage after all, that she has a blood relative by the name Rick Marzdan nearby.

Official Description Edit

The town eccentric who seems to know more about the mermaids than she lets on.

Early Life Edit

As a girl, she had felt like a freak at times, not understanding about her "autoimmune condition" as a sign of her mermaid blood.

Physical Appearance Edit

Helen has olive skin, gray wavy hair, and brown eyes. She says that she is unable to shift to full mermaid form because of her limited heritage.

Personality Edit

Helen is dry-witted, calm, level-headed and resourceful. Helen resourcefulness comes in handy when she is needed by her friends throughout the series.

Throughout the Series Edit

Season 1 Edit

Helen looks on with disgust at people's festival for honoring the great-great-great-great grandfather of Ted Pownall, the man who had fallen for a mermaid one hundred and fifty years ago. She is selling her antiques and merfolk-related objects to passersby and is approached by Ryn whom she immediately recognizes as a mermaid, which worries her.

She is later visited by Ben who wants to know more about the mermaids, after witnessing Ryn transform into her violent mermaid form and attack him via her fanged teeth. She informs him that the history of his father's family in Bristol Cove is much bloodier than he knows; that his ancestor had lost his mind; being overly obsessed with mermaids and he and his shipmates ruthlessly massacred most of such sea creatures in cold blood. She then urges him to talk to his father.

Season 2 Edit

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Helen’s RelationshipsEdit

Ryn & DonnaEdit

Maybe they sense my empathy.
— To Maddie about her unusual knowledge
Helen willingly assists Ryn by providing her a place to stay while she looked for her mermaid sister. However, Helen made it clear that Ryn didn’t belong on land and made sure Ryn was to return to the ocean after she found Donna. After the sisters reunite, Helen is relieved to learn that Ryn has returned to the sea with Donna.

A month later, Helen is disturbed and slightly angered to learn that Donna and Ryn returned from the ocean, but is sympathetic when she learns they only came back because there was little to no more fish for them to eat. When Donna rebels against Ryn, Maddie and Ben, Helen offers her a place to stay and even reveals to Donna that she is also a mermaid. Helen continues to develop a newfound friendship with both Ryn and Donna as she assists Ben and Maddie to keep them both safe from enemy forces against them.

After the events of season one, Helen tragically loses Donna to death, which devastated Ryn as well. Both Helen and Ryn trek through the woods of Bristol Cove (with Ben and Maddie) to bury Donna's human body amongst Helen's mermaid-ancestors.

Ben & MaddieEdit

You have no idea what you're dealing with
— Warning them about what merfolk are capable of.
Helen witnessed Ben and Maddie grow up in her town, so she has known them both since their childhood. However, they grow closer in friendship with Helen when the three ally to help Ryn and Donna throughout the first season. Helen continues to help Maddie and Ben as friends as they attempt to help the two mermaids throughout the first season. Both Maddie and Ben learn later in season one, at Donna’s funeral, that Helen is part mermaid/part human due to her ancestral connection to both species. Ben, in particular, learned that he is distantly related to Helen.

The McCluresEdit

He was my friend. Did you kill him?
— To Donna about the late Sean McClure
You need to keep an eye on Xander.
— Warns Ben about Xander's troubled state of mind

Helen reveals later in the first season that she is an old friend of the McClure’s. Helen attends Sean McClure’s funeral after she learns of his death. Helen is saddened and consoles both Sean’s widowed wife and Xander at Sean’s funeral. When Donna returns with her mermaid colony, she breaks away with them to protect Ryn. When Donna returned with her colony and sought out Helen, Helen angrily asks Donna if she helped kill Sean and stated that Sean was her friend.

Rick MarzdanEdit

Stop by my shop sometime. Helen's Antiques. We can talk about my...our family.
— Meeting her distant cousin after many years of being unaware of his relation to her.
She finally learns about him being a long-lost distant relative of mysterious merfolk/human bloodline, due to the interference of a suspicious Elaine Pownall. She tracks him down at the cafe where he works and later introduces herself at his house. She notices the same scaly marks on his right arm, which she herself has on her left leg and right arm.

Sarge Edit

We had a moment, didn't we?
— At her house in "Distress Call"
Helen first encounters the merman in her home, who was startled to see so many merpeople at her home and recognized Katrina as "the other female from before." She was flattered at his courtesy towards her and his welcoming her for their protection, as he was aware of her heritage to his kind. As a sign of her feelings for him, she gives him one of her seashell necklaces to remember her by. Unfortunately, she has yet to be informed of his death.

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Appearances Edit

Season 1 Edit

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Trivia Edit

  • She is the only mermaid known able to live on land and elude detection for many years.
  • In the Season 1 finale, she is revealed to be one-eighth mermaid through her great-grandmother. However, she lacks the ability to grow a gray fish-tail in the ocean, as is "several generations removed from that".

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