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Francesca Marie Smith is an American former actress who is best known for providing the voice of Helga Pataki on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!. She has also provided the voice for "Ashley B", "Upside-Down Girl", "Swinger Girl" on Disney Channel's Recess and made a cameo appearance on the 33rd episode of Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, as one of Amanda Bynes' friends. She also stared as Penny in Fillmore (TV series) for one episode.

Francesca graduated in Linguistics at California's Stanford University (see link below). Francesca also studied at Pepperdine University, graduating in 2008, she still works there as a salsa instructor. In 2017, Francesca came out of retirement to reprise her role of Helga Pataki for Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.

Francesca Smith

Young Francesca



Voice Credits

# Episode Credits
Arnold Helga
1 Downtown as Fruits / Eugene's Bike Helga / Sheena
2 The Little Pink Book / Field Trip Helga / Campfire Lass
3a Arnold's Hat Helga
4a Helga's Makeover Helga / Sheena
5b The Baseball Helga (uncredited)
6 Heat / Snow Helga / Sheena
7 Operation Ruthless / The Vacant Lot Helga / Sheena
8b Haunted Train Helga
9b Roughin' It Helga
11b Cool Jerk Helga
12 Das Subway / Wheezin' Ed Helga
14 Spelling Bee / Pigeon Man Helga / Marcy
15 Olga Comes Home / Sally's Comet Helga
16b The Sewer King Helga
17 False Alarm / World Records Helga
18 Magic Show / 24 Hours to Live Helga / Gloria
19 Part Time Friends / Runaway Float Helga
20 Arnold's Christmas Helga
21 Helga's Boyfriend / Crush on Teacher Helga / Gloria
22 Hall Monitor / Harold's Bar Mitzvah Helga / Sheena
23a Coach Wittenberg Helga
24b Teachers' Strike Helga
25 Arnold's Valentine Helga
26a Biosquare Helga
27a The Big Scoop Helga
29 Save the Tree / New Teacher Helga / Sheena
30b Ms. Perfect Helga
31 Monkey Business / Big Caesar Helga
32a The High Life Helga
33 Longest Monday / Eugene's Pet Helga
34a Mudbowl Helga
35b Phoebe Cheats Helga
36 Helga's Love Potion / Gerald's Secret Helga
37b Quantity Time Helga
38 Eating Contest / Rhonda's Glasses Helga / Sheena
39b What's Opera, Arnold? Helga
40 Arnold's Halloween Helga
41a The Aptitude Test Helga
42 Curly Snaps / Pre-Teen Scream Helga / Sheena / Campfire Lass (uncredited)
43 Stinky Goes Hollywood / Olga Gets Engaged Helga / Sheena / Campfire Lass
44 Crabby Author / Rich Kid Helga
45a Helga Blabs It All Helga / Campfire Lass
46 Arnold Betrays Iggy / Helga and the Nanny Helga / Sheena
47a Dangerous Lumber Helga
48b Helga vs. Big Patty Helga / Sheena (uncredited)
49 Career Day / Hey Harold! Helga / Kid #1 (uncredited)
50b Gerald's Tonsils Helga / Sheena
51 Phoebe Takes the Fall / The Pig War Helga
52 Best Man / Cool Party Helga / Sheena
53b Roller Coaster Helga
54b Road Trip Helga / Sheena
55 Arnold & Lila / Grand Prix Helga
56 Arnold's Thanksgiving Helga
57 Girl Trouble / School Dance Helga / Gertie
58 Helga's Show / The Flood Helga / Sheena
59 School Play Helga / Sheena
60 Parents Day Helga
61a Eugene's Birthday Helga
62 Dinner for Four / Phoebe Skips Helga / Sheena
63b Student Teacher Helga
65a The Beeper Queen Helga
67 Helga's Parrot / Chocolate Turtles Helga / Campfire Lass
68a Love and Cheese Helga
69 It Girl / Deconstructing Arnold Helga
70a Grudge Match Helga
72b Egg Story Helga
73a Weird Cousin Helga
74a Helga Sleepwalks Helga
75 Monkeyman! / Buses, Bikes, and Subways Helga / Sheena
77a Helga's Masquerade Helga (uncredited)
78 Helga on the Couch Helga
80 Summer Love Helga
81b Big Sis Helga
83b Principal Simmons Helga
84 New Bully on the Block / Phoebe Breaks a Leg Helga
85b Rhonda Goes Broke Helga
86 Helga's Locket / Sid and Germs Helga / Sheena
87a Beaned Helga
88a Ghost Bride Helga / Ghost Bride
90a Arnold Visits Arnie Helga / Hilda
92b Curly's Girl Helga / Sheena
94a Phoebe's Little Problem Helga
95 A Day in the Life of a Classroom / Big Bob's Crisis Helga
96 Married Helga / Sheena
97b Eugene, Eugene! Helga
Film Hey Arnold! The Movie Helga / Deep Voice
98 April Fool's Day Helga / Sheena
99 The Journal (Part One only) Helga
Film Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Helga

Other Credits

# Episode Credits
78 Helga on the Couch Special Thanks (as "Franny")
95b Big Bob's Crisis Special Thanks (as "Franny")
97b Eugene, Eugene! Chorus (as "Franny Smith")

Trivia

  • She joined the cast of Hey Arnold! when she was only 9 years old, voicing Helga in the 1994 pilot, until she was 16 in 2001. She returned to voice Helga in The Jungle Movie in 2016 - at the age of 31!
  • As a result of her growing up during the show's run, Helga's voice throughout the series went from sounding like a young girl early on, to sounding like a teen around Season 4. In the two post-movie episodes, as well as The Jungle Movie, Helga sounds almost like a grown woman.
  • Francesca's voice for Sheena is her regular speaking voice, but sped up to sound higher (similar to what was done to Jamil's voice for Gerald in later seasons). Similarly, "Deep Voice" is likely her regular voice pitched down to sound lower.
  • Francesca's Helga voice is her regular voice with more force/emotion put into it. As a result, she's said that there have been times she accidentally slipped into the Helga voice in front of other people. In some video interviews (like this one) she sounds like Helga at a few points.
  • Francesca Marie Smith counts her favorite episodes as What's Opera, Arnold?, Arnold's Christmas and Helga on the Couch.

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