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 a mermaid as well.

She is eventually revealed to be the last living descendant of the mermaid/human hybrid daughter of Charles Pownall and his former mermaid lover.

Official Description Edit

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

Early Life Edit


Physical Appearance Edit

Helen has olive skin, gray wavy hair, and brown eyes. She has yet to be shown in true mermaid form.

Personality Edit

Helen is dry-witted, calm, levelheaded 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.

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

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.

Quotes Edit

Season One Edit

In their natural state in the water, they see you as prey. Humans never understood that. It caused a lot of misery.
— Helen to Ben[src]
Your family's history in this town is bloodier than you know. Your ancestor lost his mind, obsessed. He and his fellow shipmates slaughtered those beautiful creatures in cold blood. Genocide — That's your legacy.
— Helen to Ben[src]
It's not about trust. No one can know. These creatures were massacred once. It could happen again.
— Helen to Ben and Maddie[src]
They're mighty intelligent, more so than humans.
— Helen to Maddie, about mermaids.
They call it an auto immune response. That's the word they use when thy don't understand what something is.
— Helen to Ryn who notices the exact same scaly, flaky marks on Helen's left arm
Yes. You can trust me because...I am one of you.
— Helen reveals she is, in fact, a fellow mermaid to Donna
I thought you only kill for survival- Aggression, plotting, revenge. You're more human than I realized.
— Helen to Donna
It's a matriarchy. It seems Ryn is now the dominant female.
— Helen explains to Maddie about Levi's compliance to Ryn's order to back down.
I know a place
— Helen after Donna has died from her wounds.
They're not human, Ryn.
— Helen to Ryn about the mermaids' burial ground
Oh no. The stories you read in the book. Those creatures were slaughtered out on the water. But others, in human form, died in Bristol Cove. She was the first. She was the daughter of Charles Pownall and his mermaid.
— Helen explains the purpose of the mermaid tomb
Oh no. That may be what your colony believes, but that is not what happened:

The baby was born in transition and appeared deformed; a soul caught between two worlds. Charles knew the doctors of Bristol Cove would see her as an abomination and refuse to treat her. So he took her into the woods. He brought to people with higher minds than the doctors of Bristol Cove. To people who weren't afraid of shapeshifters. Yes. The Haida helped her complete her transition and she lived for a very long time. I am her last living descendant.

— Helen explains the history of Charles Pownall's mermaid/human hybrid daughter to Maddie, Ben, and Ryn
That's right. One-eighth to be exact.
— Helen to Ben
Oh no. I'm, uh, several generations removed from that.
— Helen to Ben's question if she could grow a tail in the sea.
You and I, we're related.
— Helen to Ben


Yes. Along with all the others who have lost their souls between two worlds.
— Helen, answering Ryn's question whether she will be buried at the mermaid tomb as well.
My ancestors always said it had different meanings: Great love to some, but to others, it could be dangerous. Mythologists called it a euphemism for obsession.
— Helen to Maddie about the enchantingly melodious and irresistible siren song.

Season Two Edit

What is it?
— To Ryn, who has detected some strange movements in her shop.
What are they doing here?
— Concerned about the sudden arrival of several more mermaids and mermen.

Appearances Edit

Season 1
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Appears
The Lure Appears
Interview With a Mermaid Appears
On the Road Appears
Curse of the Starving Glass Appears
Showdown Appears
Dead in the Water Absent
Being Human Appears
Street Fight Appears
Aftermath Appears

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 it skipped her generation.

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