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Helena Bonham Carter (born 26 May 1966) is an Englishmarker actress. Bonham Carter made her film debut in the K. M. Peyton film, A Pattern of Roses, before appearing in her first leading role in Lady Jane. She is best known for her portrayals of Lucy Honeychurch in the film A Room with a View, Marla Singer in the film Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series, her Oscar-nominated performance as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as her other collaborations with Tim Burton, her domestic partner since 2001. Bonham Carter will play the villainous Red Queen, alongside notable actors such as Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, and Christopher Lee, in her partner Tim Burton's 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland, and Enid Blyton in an adaptation of her life entitled Enid.

Early life and family background

Bonham Carter was born in Golders Greenmarker, Londonmarker. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, was a merchant banker and the alternate UK director representing the Bank of Englandmarker at the International Monetary Fundmarker in Washington, D.C.marker during the 1960s; he came from a famous British political family, being the son of Englishmarker Liberal politician Sir Maurice Bonham Carter and renowned politician, orator and member of the House of Lordsmarker, and Violet Bonham Carter, whose father was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, H. H. Asquith (1908–1916). Helena Bonham Carter's maternal grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón, was of half Spanish and half Jewish ancestry, and served as a diplomat and former Minister-Counsellor at the Spanishmarker Embassy in Washington, D.C.marker Bonham Carter's Jewish maternal grandmother, Hélène Fould-Springer, was the daughter of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer (a French-born banker), and Marie Cecile Von Springer (whose father was the industrialist Baron Gustav Springer). Hélène Fould-Springer's sister was the French philanthropist Liliane de Rothschild (1916–2003), the wife of Baron Élie de Rothschild, and her other sister, Therese Fould-Springer, was the mother of British writer David Pryce-Jones.



Bonham Carter has two brothers, Edward and Thomas, and is a distant cousin of fellow actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, who played Mr. Bingley in the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Bonham Carter. Bonham Carter is also distantly related to Admiral Stuart Bonham Carter, Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels (through marriage), pioneering English nurse Florence Nightingale and is the grand-niece of Anthony Asquith, legendary Englishmarker director of such classics as Carrington VC and The Importance Of Being Earnest. Bonham Carter was educated at the South Hampstead High Schoolmarker, a girls' independent school in Hampsteadmarker, London and later at Westminster Schoolmarker, a co-educational independent school near the Palace of Westminstermarker. Bonham Carter was denied admission to King's Collegemarker, Cambridge Universitymarker, not because of her grades or her test scores, but because school officials were afraid that she would leave mid-term to pursue her acting career. Because of Cambridge's rejection, Bonham Carter decided to concentrate fully on acting.

When Bonham Carter was just five, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, from which it took her three years to recover. Upon her recovery, her experience in therapy led her to become a psychotherapist herself — Bonham Carter now pays her to read her scripts and deliver her opinion of the characters' psychological motivations. Five years after her mother's recovery, there was a more terrible familial blow. While holidaying in Greecemarker, her father went deaf in one ear. He was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, and a routine operation was carried out to remove the benign tumour. It went badly wrong. After 9 hours in surgery, Raymond, only 50 years of age, had a stroke that left him half-paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. With her two older brothers (both now bankers) at college, Bonham Carter was left to help her mother cope. She would later study her father's movements and mannerisms for her role in The Theory of Flight.

Career

Bonham Carter has not received any formal training in acting. In 1979, she won a national writing contest and used the money won to pay for her entry into the actors directory Spotlight. She made her professional acting début at the age of 16, in a television commercial. She also had a part in a minor TV film A Pattern of Roses.

Her first starring film role was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane which had mixed reviews. The story reflected the troubled life of England's nine days Queen from her troubled adolescence, arranged marriage to her ill fated accession and subsequent execution. Her breakthrough role was Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View which was filmed after Lady Jane, but released beforehand. Bonham Carter also appeared in episodes of Miami Vice as Don Johnson's love interest during the 1986–87 season and then in 1987 opposite Dirk Bogarde in The Vision. Bonham Carter auditioned for the role of Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy, however she lost out to Chloe Webb, and also turned down the role of Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves due to the sexual content. The role went to Emily Watson who was nominated for an Academy Award for the role.

These early films led to her being typecast as a "corset queen", and "English rose," playing pre- and early 20th century characters, particularly in Merchant-Ivory films. She expanded her range, her more recent films are Fight Club, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Big Fish, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She also speaks French fluently, starring in a 1996 French film Portraits chinois. In August 2001, she was featured in Maxim. She played her second Queen of England when she was cast as Anne Boleyn in the ITV1 mini-series Henry VIII, her role was however restricted as she was pregnant with her first child at the time of filming. Bonham Carter was a member of the jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival that unanimously selected The Wind That Shakes the Barley as the best film.

Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in 2007's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She will reprise the character in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bonham Carter received positive reviews as Lestrange, described as a "shining but underused talent". She then played Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd's (Johnny Depp) amorous accomplice in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film was released on 21 December 2007 in the US and 25 January 2008 in the UK. Directed by Tim Burton, Bonham Carter received a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance. She won the Best Actress award in the 2007 Evening Standard British Film Awards for her performances in Sweeney Todd and Conversations With Other Women, along with another Best Actress award at the 2009 Empire Awards. Bonham Carter also appeared in the fourth Terminator film entitled Terminator Salvation, playing a small but pivotal role.

In May 2006, Bonham Carter launched her own fashion line, "The Pantaloonies", with swimwear designer Samantha Sage. Their first collection, called Bloomin' Bloomers, is a Victorian style selection of camisoles, mop caps and bloomers. The duo are now working on Pantaloonies customized jeans which Bonham Carter describes as "a kind of scrapbook on the bum".

Bonham Carter joined the cast of partner Tim Burton's 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland as the The Red Queen. Bonham Carter appears alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Lee and Alan Rickman. Bonham Carter's role consists of two merged roles, The Queen of Hearts, and The Red Queen. In early 2009, Bonham Carter was named one of The Times newspaper's top 10 British Actresses of all-time. Bonham Carter appeared on the list with fellow actresses Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Audrey Hepburn.

Bonham Carter signed to play author Enid Blyton in the BBC Four television biopic, Enid. It is the first depiction of Blyton's life on the screen, and Bonham Carter stars with Matthew Macfadyen and Denis Lawson.

Personal life

Bonham Carter was in a relationship with actor Kenneth Branagh (with whom she appeared in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and The Theory of Flight), from 1994 to the summer of 1999. In 2001, she began her current relationship with director Tim Burton whom she met while filming Planet of the Apes. Burton has taken to casting Bonham Carter in his movies, including Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Alice in Wonderland. They live in Belsize Parkmarker, Londonmarker, in neighbouring houses with a connecting doorway because they felt they could not live in the same residence.

They purchased the house when she became pregnant with the couple's first child, son Billy Raymond Burton, who was born on 4 October 2003. The couple maintains a close relationship with actor Johnny Depp, who regularly appears in most of Burton's films. Depp is Billy Ray's godfather, accepting the role after Burton persuaded Bonham Carter to ask him. At age 41, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Nell Burton, on 15 December 2007 in Central London. She says she named her daughter Nell after all the "Helens" in her family lineage.

In August 2008, when four of her relatives were killed in a safari bus crash in South Africa, she was given indefinite leave from filming Terminator Salvation, and returned later on to complete the rest of her filming.

In 2008, Bonham Carter and Burton put their Americanmarker apartments up for sale. The apartments are in the Greenwich Villagemarker area, in New York Citymarker. The couple sold them for a collective $8.75 million. In early October 2008, it was released that Bonham Carter had become a patron of the charity, Action Duchenne, the national charity established to support parents and sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Bonham Carter released the statement:

"As a patron of Action Duchenne, I would like to urge as many people as possible to find out about the work of the charity and the devastating effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Treatments and a cure seem tantalisingly close but they will not appear without further support and funding.
Please join Action Duchenne in helping to make muscle wasting history.


In December 2008, Bonham Carter lent her voice to an MTV domestic violence public service announcement, reciting a passage about love from the First Epistle to the Corinthians. The 60-second commercial features a dysfunctional couple in a domestic environment. No dialogue is heard — only accompanying music and Bonham Carter's voice. Bonham Carter recorded her vocal in a single take for the ad, which aired on 2 December 2008. The ad will air across MTV in the UK and across Europe as part of MTV's Staying Alive campaign. MTV will also make the ad available online and is considering running it in cinemas.

In early 2009, Bonham Carter joined fellow Hollywoodmarker A-listers Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren and more, leaving the imprint of her lips on a card and signing it. The kiss prints, which are featured in the window of Newcastle’s famous Fenwick store, will now be auctioned off for charity.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
1983 A Pattern of Roses Netty Bellinger
1985 A Room with a View Lucy Honeychurch novel by E. M. Forster
1986 Lady Jane Lady Jane Grey
1987 Maurice Lady at Cricket Match (cameo role)
novel by E.

M.

Forster
A Hazard of Hearts Serena Staverley novel by Barbara Cartland
The Vision Jo Marriner
1988 La Maschera Iris
Six Minutes with Ludwig The Star
1989 Francesco Chiara Offreduccio
Getting It Right Lady Minerva Munday
Arms and the Man Raina Petkoff
1990 Hamlet Ophelia
The Early Life of Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter
1991 Where Angels Fear to Tread Caroline Abbott novel by E. M. Forster
Brown Bear's Wedding White Bear (voice role)
1992 Howards End Helen Schlegel novel by E. M. Forster

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1993 Dancing Queen Pandora/Julie aka Rik Mayall Presents Dancing Queen
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Elizabeth Frankenstein Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Marina Oswald Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
A Dark-Adapted Eye Faith Severn (adult) novel by Barbara Vine
Butter Dorothy
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Amanda Weinrib
Margaret's Museum Margaret MacNeil Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress also for The Wings of the Dove

Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actress
Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex Herself (voice role)
1996 Twelfth Night: Or What You Will Olivia
Portraits chinois Ada
1997 The Petticoat Expeditions Narrator (voice role)
Keep the Aspidistra Flying Rosemary novel by George Orwell
The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy novel by Henry James

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress also for Margaret's Museum

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress

London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

National Board of Review Award for Best Actress

Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress

Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress

Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama

Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
1998 Merlin Morgan le Fay Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Sweet Revenge Karen Knightly Based on a play by Alan Ayckbourn
The Theory of Flight Jane Thatchard Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1999 Fight Club Marla Singer novel by Chuck Palahniuk

Empire Award for Best British Actress
Women Talking Dirty Cora produced by David Furnish

Elton John (executive producer)
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything Lily
2000 Carnivale Milly (voice role)
2001 Planet of the Apes Ari directed by Tim Burton

Nominated — Empire Award for Best British Actress

Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Novocaine Susan Ivey
Football Mum
2002 The Heart of Me Dinah novel by Rosamond Lehmann

ALFS Award

Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Live From Baghdad Ingrid Formanek Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Till Human Voices Wake Us Ruby
2003 Big Fish Jennifer Hill/The Witch directed by Tim Burton
Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Fantasporto Award

Cine Award for Best Actress
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Beatrice Baudelaire Uncredited cameo
2005 Conversations with Other Women Woman Evening Standard British Film Award

Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Magnificent 7 Maggi Jackson
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Lady Tottington (voice role)

Cine Award for Best Voice Actress

Nominated — Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Corpse Bride (voice role)

directed by Tim Burton

Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Bucket directed by Tim Burton
2006 Sixty Six Esther Reubens
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Bellatrix Lestrange directed by David Yates

Nominated — Teen Choice Award

Nominated — Fantasporto Award

Nominated — Scream Award for Scream Queen
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett directed by Tim Burton

musical by Stephen Sondheim

Empire Award for Best Actress

Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

Nominated — National Movie Award for Best Performance - Female

Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress

Nominated — Scream Award for Best Actress in a Horror Movie or Show
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix Lestrange Nominated — Scream Award for Best Villain
Terminator Salvation Dr. Serena Kogan Nominated — Scream Award for Best Cameo
Enid Enid Blyton Completed
The Gruffalo The Narrator (voice role)

Completed
2010 Alice in Wonderland The Red Queen Post-production
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Bellatrix Lestrange Filming
The King's Speech Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon filming
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Bellatrix Lestrange Filming


TV shows

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Miami Vice Dr. Theresa Lyons 2 Episodes
1991 Jackanory Reader 5 Episodes
1994 Absolutely Fabulous Dream Saffron Episode: Hospital
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Vera Brittain Unknown Episodes


Stage productions and radio shows

Year Production Role Notes
1985 The Reluctant Debutante Unknown Performed on BBC Radio 4
1987 The Tempest Unknown Performed at Oxford Playhousemarker
1988 The Woman in White Laura Fairlie Performed at Greenwich Theatremarker, Londonmarker
1989 The Happiest of All Princesses Unknown Performed on BBC Radio 4
The Chalk Garden Unknown Performed at Windsor/Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildfordmarker
1991 The House of Bernarda Alba Magdalena Performed at Nottingham Playhousemarker
1992 The Barber of Seville Rosina Performed at Palace Theatremarker, Watfordmarker
Trelawney of the Wells Imogen Parrot Performed at Comedy Theatremarker, Londonmarker
1993 The Secret Garden Narrator by Frances Burnett
The Whales' Song Narrator by Dyan Sheldon
1994 The Seagull Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya Performed on BBC Radio 4
A Dog So Small Narrator by Philippa Pearce
The Way to Sattin Shore Narrator by Philippa Pearce
1995 Song of Love Unknown Performed on BBC Radio 4
Remember Me Narrator
1996 I Capture the Castle Rose Performed on BBC Radio 4
1997 A House by the Sea Unknown Performed on BBC Radio 4
The Diary of Anne Frank Narrator
1998 Lantern Slides Violet Bonham Carter Performed on BBC Radio 4
2000 As You Like It Rosalind Performed on BBC Radio 4
2004 The Rubenstein Kiss Unknown Postponed


Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Lady Campanula Tottington


Discography

Year Song Film Notes
2002 Heart & Soul The Heart of Me Solo performance
2003 Oh death,rock me asleep Henry VIII Solo performance
2005 Tears to Shed Corpse Bride Solo performance
2007 The Worst Pies in London Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Solo performance
Poor Thing Solo performance
My Friends Duet with Johnny Depp
Pirelli's Miracle Elixir Trio with Johnny Depp & Edward Sanders
Wait Duet with Johnny Depp
Epiphany
A Little Priest
God That's Good! Duet with Edward Sanders
By the Sea Duet with Johnny Depp
Not While I'm Around Duet with Edward Sanders
Final Scene Duet with Johnny Depp


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