Helma Gautier was born in 1940 in Vienna. At the age of 5 years, she already played in the film Praterbuben with the Wiener Sängerknaben. After finishing school, she first studied German literature and Drama, besides taking ballet classes, and graduated with distinction from the Reinhardt-Institute.
Helma Gautier made her debut in 1962 at the Wiener Burgtheater in Raimunds Die gefesselte Phantasie and for more than 40 years has been a part of the company, where she played in a big part of the repertoire, including the roles of Marie in Goethes Götz von Berlichingen, Frau Moser in Schnitlzers Family, as ′Youth′ in Raimunds The Farmer as Millionaire and the title role in Anouihls Colombe. She played Kreusa in Grillparzers Medea, Melitta in Sappho, Mirza in Hebbels Judith, Celia in Shakespeares As You Like It, Lil in Dorsts Die Schattenlinie and Frau Wahl in Schnitlzers The Vast Domain. Outside Vienna, she was engaged as guest in Münster and was invited at various summer festivals.
Next to her activities in the theatre Helma Gautier participated in numerous television and filmproductions. She could be seen in the series Der alte Richter, Kottan and Der ideale Kandidat, as well as in Walter Davys Roth film adaptation of Stationschef Fallmerayer and, along with among others Bernhard Wicki, Rudolf Wessely and Walter Schmidinger in Michael Hanekes Lemmings.
She became known to a broad audience in the early nineties by the movie Tapetenwechsel and the ORF-series Kaisermühlen Blues. Recently she worked with Reinhard Schwabenitzky in the cinema films Hannah (1996), Zwei Väter einer Töchter (2002) and Frechheit siegt (2003).
Helma Gautier could be heard in many radio plays, and also recently appeared as Mrs. Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady at the Vorarlberger Landestheater Bregenz and Bozen Theatre, as Erzherzogin Sophie in Sissy by Georg Kreisler at the Stadttheater Baden and as Lily in „Six Dancing Lessons In Six Weeks“ at the Komödie am Kai Theatre in Vienna.