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Helena Bonham Carter
Also known as:Bonham Carter, Corset queen
Occupation:Actor • Voice Cast
Born:May 26, 1966
Birthplace:London, England, U.K
Spouse:Tim Burton
Helena Bonham Carter is a highly acclaimed English actress known for her versatility. She is commonly regarded as one of UK`s most skillful and successful actresses, popular for her roles in films like the Harry Potter series (2007-11), Wings of Dove (1997) and King`s Speech (2010). She has made her name in English films as well as Hollywood and also hasn`t shied away from being a part of TV.

Early Life
Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London to Raymond Bonham Carter and Elena. Her father belonged to an influential British political family, while her maternal grandparents were diplomats. She is the youngest of the three children, with Edward and Thomas being her elder brothers.

She was brought up in Golders Green and went to South Hampstead High School. She passed her A Levels at the Westminister School. As a child, with her older brothers at college, she was forced to help her mother cope up with taking care of her father who was wheel chair ridden. An operation to remove a tumor had left her father half-paralyzed.

Personal Life
Helena Bonham Carter has never been married, though she has publicly been in two relationships. She started dating actor Kenneth Branagh in 1994. They called off their relationship after five years in 1999.

She then began a relationship with director Tim Burton in 2001. They met each other while filming Planet of the Apes. The pair has two children Billy Raymond Burton and Nell Burton. Bonham Carter has mentioned in her interviews that she faced many difficulties during her pregnancy. She had to struggle with her infertility and the two had even considered IVF, though, she did conceive naturally. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter announced that they had separated amicably in 2014.

Movie Career
In the early part of her career, Bonham Carter played a lot of pre or early 20th century English characters for which she came to be popularly known as the `Corset Queen` and `English Rose`. Her debut film lead role had her playing Lady Jane Grey - aka as the Nine Day Queen - in the film Lady Jane (1986). However, she shot to fame with her performance as Lucy Honey church in the Merchant Ivory film Room With A View (1985) that was shot after Lady Jane but released beforehand. Angels Fear to Tread (1991) and Howards End (1992) are two of the other films where she played a corset clad character.

But Bonham Carter did not fit the stereotype as she also enacted Shakespearean characters in film like Hamlet (1990) and Twelfth Night (1996) with equal ease. Wings of Dove (1997) is one of her highly acclaimed films wherein her role of the cunning Kate Croy got her a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award Nomination.

Since then, though, Bonham Carter has gone on to play a wide variety of roles and not stuck to being the delicate beauty, reminiscent of a bygone era. She went on to famously play a neurotic anti-heroine in the David Fincher film Fight Club (1999). Paul Greengrass`s Theory of Flight (1998) had her playing the victim of a motor neurone disease.

Bonham Carter collaborated on many films with her then partnerTim Burton. Planet of the Apes (2000) was the first of such collaborations wherein she played an ape. Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland (2010) were the other films that the pair collaborated on.

Her another popular portrayal is that of the character Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series (1997-2011). She played the negative character to great appreciation from fans in the final four films of the series.

Her most prominent performance, though, came with the role of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in the film King`s Speech (2010) for which she won the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She was also nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for the role, but did not win it.

In 2012, Bonham Carter essayed the role of Miss Havisham in the Mike Newell adaptation of Great Expectations. She also played the role of Madame Thenardier in the film adaptation of the musical Les Miserable that year.

The year 2013 saw her playing a pimp named Red Harrington in the film The Lone Ranger and playing the mother of the lead character TS Spivet in the film The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet. The film Suffragette (2014) in which starred in is a historical period drama about the suffrage of women in the United Kingdom. She played the role of Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

Bonham Carter`s other films a spin-off of the Ocean`s Eleven Trilogy titled Ocean`s Eight (2017) and Enola Holmes (2020).

Television Career
Bonham Carter has always played characters on Television in between her film career. She appeared as Don Johnson`s love interest in Miami Vice very early in her career. She has also played roles in more than a couple of television films like Live From Baghdad, Toast and Burton & Taylor. However, her most acclaimed TV performance came with the biographical television film Enid, wherein she essayed the role of the Enid. Bonham Carter won the International Emmy Award for her performance in Enid. She also featured in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) and The Crown (2020).

Peers & More
Johnny Depp
Cate Blanchett
Ralph Fiennes
Sandra Bullock
Tim Burton
Popular Movies
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Enola Holmes
The Crystal Calls - Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Ocean`s 8
Alice Through The Looking Glass (3D) (4DX)
Alice Through The Looking Glass (3D)
The Lone Ranger
Les Miserables (2013)
Alice In Wonderland
Dark Shadows

Did You Know? (9)

  • Helena Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, who served as the Prime Minister of United Kingdom in 1908-16.
  • Helena Bonham Carter played a character in the film Suffragette which was based on the suffrage movement in United Kingdom. The prime years of the movement coincided with that of her great-grandfather’s tenure as a Prime Minister who had opposed the movement.
  • Helena Bonham Carter was denied admission to King’s College, Cambridge as the officials thought she would leave the course to pursue her acting career.
  • Helena Bonham Carter ruptured the eardrum of Matthew Lewis (playing Neville Longbottom) when she stuck her wand in his ear while Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Helena Bonham Carter wears fake teeth in 10 of her films - Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Great Expectations (2012), Cinderella (2015) and the four Harry Potter films.
  • Helena Bonham Carter has appeared in 19 films that have received at least one Academy Award nomination.
  • Helena Bonham Carter has starred in 6 films with Johnny Depp - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012) and Lone Ranger (2013).
  • While shooting for the film, Helena Bonham Carter insisted that Julie Pearce, her makeup artist, do her eye makeup with her left hand because she felt that her character Marla is not a person who is very particular about her make-up.
  • Both Helena Bonham Carter and Brad Pitt spent about three days to record orgasmic sounds for their unseen sex scenes.
  • Personal Quotes (4)

  • "It's completely absurd that because we have boobs we're not treated the same as someone with a penis."
  • "I hate this image of me as a prim Edwardian. I want to shock everyone."
  • "I should get a few ribs taken out, because I'll be in a corset for the rest of my life."
  • "People say, "You're still breast-feeding, that's so generous". Generous, no! It gives me boobs and it takes my thighs away! It's sort of like natural liposuction. I'd carry on breast-feeding for the rest of my life if I could."
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