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Helena Bonham Carter

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Born: May 26, 1966

Golders Green, London

Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Oscar-nominated English actress.


Early life

Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London, and was educated at the South Hampstead High School, a girls' independent school in Hampstead, London and later at Westminster School, a co-educational independent school near Parliament (Palace of Westminster).

Her father was Raymond Bonham Carter, who came from a famous British political family; she is the great-granddaughter of the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Herbert Henry Asquith, and members of her family are Life Peers. Her mother, Elena, a Roman Catholic, was a psychotherapist. Bonham Carter's maternal grandfather was Eduardo Propper de Callejón, a Spanish diplomat and former Minister-Counsellor at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C.; her Jewish maternal grandmother, Hélène Fould-Springer (who converted to Catholicism at marriage), was a daughter of a French Jewish banker. Her maternal grandmother's sister was the French philanthropist Liliane de Rothschild (1916–2003), the wife of Baron Elie de Rothschild.

Bonham Carter has two brothers, Edward and Thomas. Her father, who became ill when she was 10, suffered a stroke during an operation to remove a benign brain tumour, and was subsequently confined to a wheelchair.


Bonham Carter's launch into the world of acting came in 1979, when she won a national writing contest and used the money won to pay for her entry into the actor's directory, "Spotlight."

She made her professional acting début at the age of 16, in a television commercial. She also had a part in an obscure TV film A Pattern of Roses (1983).

Her first starring film role was in Lady Jane (1984, released 1986) which had mixed reviews. Her breakthrough performance was in the role of Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (1985, released 1986) which was filmed after Lady Jane, but released first.

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.

However she eventually expanded her range, and now has a high profile for more recent films such as Fight Club, Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Big Fish, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

In August 2001, Bonham Carter was featured in Maxim magazine.

Bonham Carter will play Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which began filming in February 2006. She replaced Helen McCrory who left due to pregnancy. She recently completed shooting her scenes for the film and her next project will be the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd, which is slated for a late 2007 release. Bonham Carter was a member of the jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Controversially, they unanimously selected The Wind That Shakes the Barley as the best film.

Personal life

Bonham Carter has been reluctant to discuss her private life, but some facts are generally known.

She was in a relationship with actor Kenneth Branagh (with whom she appeared in several films), from 1994 to the summer of 1999. She then briefly dated actors Rufus Sewell and Steve Martin. In October 2001, she began her current relationship with director Tim Burton, whom she met while filming Planet of the Apes. She has appeared in all of Burton's subsequent films, and the couple have a son, Billy-Ray Burton, born on October 4, 2003. They live in separate houses with a hallway that connects the two homes.

At one point she had to take out a court order against a man who had been stalking her, banning him from entering the large area around her home.


taken from imdb.com


1. Eleanor & Colette (2007) (in production) .... Colette

2. Stand by Love (2008) (pre-production)

3. Sweeney Todd (2007) (filming) .... Mrs. Lovett

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (completed) .... Bellatrix Lestrange

5. Sixty Six (2006) .... Esther Rubens

6. Magnificent 7 (2005) (TV) .... Maggi

7. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Lady Tottington

8. Corpse Bride (2005) (voice) .... Corpse Bride

... aka Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Singapore: English title) (USA: complete title)

9. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) (voice) .... Lady Campanula Tottington

... aka Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (UK: poster title)

10. Conversations with Other Women (2005) .... Woman

11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) .... Mrs. Bucket

... aka Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)

12. Big Fish (2003) .... Younger & Older Jenny/The Witch

13. Henry VIII (2003) (TV) .... Anne Boleyn

14. Live from Baghdad (2002) (TV) .... Ingrid Formanek

15. Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002) .... Ruby

16. The Heart of Me (2002) .... Dinah

17. Novocaine (2001) .... Susan Ivey

18. Planet of the Apes (2001) .... Ari

19. Football (2001) (as Helena Bonham-Carter) .... Mum

20. Carnivale (2000) (voice) .... Milly

... aka Carnivale (France)

21. The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) (TV) .... Lily

22. Women Talking Dirty (1999) .... Cora

23. Fight Club (1999) .... Marla Singer

... aka Fight Club (Germany)

24. The Theory of Flight (1998) .... Jane Hatchard

25. The Revengers' Comedies (1998) .... Karen Knightly

... aka Amour, vengeance et trahison (France)

... aka Sweet Revenge (USA: cable TV title)

26. Merlin (1998/II) (TV) .... Morgan Le Fey

27. Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997) .... Rosemary

... aka A Merry War (New Zealand: English title) (USA)

... aka Comstock and Rosemary

28. The Wings of the Dove (1997) .... Kate Croy

29. The Petticoat Expeditions (1997) .... Narrator

30. Portraits chinois (1996) .... Ada

... aka Shadow Play

31. Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1996) .... Olivia

... aka Twelfth Night

32. Margaret's Museum (1995) .... Margaret MacNeil

... aka Musée de Margaret, Le (Canada: French title: TV title)

33. Mighty Aphrodite (1995) .... Amanda

34. Frankenstein (1994) .... Elizabeth

... aka Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

35. "Absolutely Fabulous" .... Dream Saffron (1 episode, 1994)

... aka Ab Fab (Australia: short title)

- Hospital (1994) TV Episode .... Dream Saffron

36. A Dark Adapted Eye (1994) (TV) .... Faith Severn (adult)

37. Butter (1994) (TV)

38. Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993) (TV) .... Marina Oswald

... aka Marina's Story

39. Dancing Queen (1993) (TV) (as Helena Bonham-Carter) .... Pandora/Julie

... aka Rik Mayall Presents Dancing Queen

40. Howards End (1992) .... Helen Schlegel

41. Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) .... Caroline Abbott

42. "Jackanory" .... Reader (1 episode, 1991)

- The Way to Sattin Shore (1991) TV Episode .... Reader

43. Hamlet (1990/I) .... Ophelia

44. Getting It Right (1989) .... Lady Minerva Munday

45. Francesco (1989) .... Chiara

... aka Franziskus (West Germany)

... aka St. Francis of Assisi

46. Arms and the Man (1989) (TV) .... Raina

47. Maschera, La (1988) .... Iris

... aka The Mask

48. The Vision (1988) (TV) .... Jo Marriner

49. A Hazard of Hearts (1987) (TV) .... Serena Staverley

50. Maurice (1987) (uncredited) .... Lady at Cricket Match

51. "Miami Vice" .... Theresa (2 episodes, 1987)

- Theresa (1987) TV Episode .... Theresa

- Savage (1987) TV Episode .... Theresa

52. Lady Jane (1986) .... Lady Jane Grey

53. A Room with a View (1985) (as Helena Bonham-Carter) .... In Florence - Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bartlett's cousin and charge

54. A Pattern of Roses (1983) (TV) .... Netty, The Past (introducing)


1. Corpse Bride (2005) (performer: "Tears to Shed")

... aka Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Singapore: English title) (USA: complete title)

Other works

BBC Radio performance of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It".

Narrator of Audiobook "The Diary of Anne Frank".

Narrator of the "The Way to Sattin Shore" by Philippa Pearce.

Narrator of the Audiobook "A Dog So Small" by Philippa Pearce.

Narrator of the Audiobook "Remember Me".

Narrator of the Audiobook "The Secret Garden" by Frances Burnett.

Narrator of the Audiobook "The Whale's Song" by Dyan Sheldon.

Stage performance of "The Chalk Garden".

Stage performance of "The House of Bernarda Alba" at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Stage performance of "The Woman in White" at the Greenwich Theatre.

Stage performance of "Trelawney of the Wells" in the West End.









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You're welcome, story!

She's a stunning avtress, her expressive face, those eyes, her voice ... :wub:

Pic from Harry Potter

oh,so nice CarMELita I didn't know she is in Harry Potter so sweet :)

It's just a little part. She plays Bellatrix LeStrange, the evil sister of Harry Potter's godfather Sirius.

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These pics were posted by Lady Fatale in the Johnny Depp thread. Just thought I should post them here as well! They're from "Sweeney Todd", the new movie coming out this month in Germany I guess - have to check that I won't miss it!






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