Helena Bonham Carter

Actress, Model
Though typecast as aristocratic heroines in solemn period films in the early part of her career, London-born actress Helena Bonham Carter struggled to prove her range and break free of her corseted mold. She gained ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1966 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (72)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

Red Queen (Actor)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

Fairy Godmother (Actor)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Clair (Actor)

Burton and Taylor 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Will Fall 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

Miss Havisham (Actor)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Graham Norton Show 2001 - 2002, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lone Ranger 2013 (Movie)

Red Harrington (Actor)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Julia Hoffman (Actor)

Les Misérables 2012 (Movie)

Madame Thenardier (Actor)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Bellatrix Lestrange (Actor)

Toast 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Potter (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Red Queen (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Bellatrix Lestrange (Actor)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Bellatrix Lestrange (Actor)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

Dr Serena Kogan (Actor)

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

Esther Rubens (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Bellatrix Lestrange (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Lovett (Actor)

Conversations With Other Women 2006 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Bucket (Actor)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Corpse Bride (Actor)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Lady Campanula Tottington (Actor)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Jenny (young & senior) & The Witch (Actor)

The Heart of Me 2003 (Movie)

Dinah (Actor)

Till Human Voices Wake Us 2003 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC) 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Novocaine 2001 (Movie)

Susan Ivey (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Ari (Actor)

Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnivale 1999 (Movie)

of Milly (Voice)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

Marla Singer (Actor)

Football 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portraits Chinois 1999 (Movie)

Ada (Actor)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

Cora (Actor)

A Merry War 1998 (Movie)

Rosemary (Actor)

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Theory of Flight 1998 (Movie)

Jane Hatchard (Actor)

Margaret's Museum 1997 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

The Revengers' Comedies 1997 (Movie)

Karen Knightly (Actor)

The Wings of the Dove 1997 (Movie)

Kate Croy (Actor)

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

Helen Schlegel (Actor)

Where Angels Fear to Tread 1992 (Movie)

Caroline Abbott (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 (Movie)

Ophelia (Actor)

Francesco 1989 (Movie)

Chiara (Actor)

Getting It Right 1989 (Movie)

Minerva Munday (Actor)

La Maschera 1988 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Maurice 1987 (Movie)

Lady at Cricket Match (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

Lucy Honeychurch (Actor)

Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

Lady Jane Grey (Actor)

The Vision 1986 (Movie)

Jo Marriner (Actor)

A Pattern of Roses 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Dark Adapted Eye (TV Show)

Actor

A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Henry VIII (TV Show)

Actor

Live From Baghdad (TV Show)

Actor

The Gruffalo (TV Show)

Voice
Music (3)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

("Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song)") (Song Performer)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

("The Worst Pies In London") (Song Performer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("Tears To Shed") (Song Performer)

Biography

Though typecast as aristocratic heroines in solemn period films in the early part of her career, London-born actress Helena Bonham Carter struggled to prove her range and break free of her corseted mold. She gained notoriety as the leading ingénue in a few Merchant-Ivory productions, including "A Room with a View" (1986) and "Howards End" (1992), and quickly developed into the quintessential Edwardian heroine. Wanting to avoid being pigeonholed, Bonham Carter began appearing in more mainstream work, hooking up with commercially viable, but artistically respected filmmakers like Tim Burton and Woody Allen. Far from a Victorian prude off-screen, Bonham Carter made headlines for her tumultuous personal life after being romantically linked with Kenneth Branagh, Rufus Sewell and Steve Martin. She finally settled down and became involved with Burton, whom she met while working on "Planet of the Apes" (2001), enjoying a relationship that helped ground her both personally and professionally. From there, she appeared regularly in most of Burton's films, including "Big Fish" (2003), "Sweeny Todd" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2011), while outside the Burton universe she played the mad witch Bellatrix in several "Harry Potter" films and innkeeper Madame Thénardier in the big-budget musical "Les Misérables" (2012). Whether performing in period dramas or special effects-driven fantasy, Bonham Carter always elevated any project in which she appeared.

Relationships

Anthony Asquith Director

Great-Uncle
Born Nov. 9, 1902; made such acclaimed English features as "Pygmalion" (1938), "Quiet Wedding" (1940), "The Browning Version" (1950), and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952) Died Feb. 20, 1968

Herbert Asquith

Great-Grandfather
Was the Liberal Party prime minister in England

Kenneth Branagh Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1994 Co-starred in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994) and "The Theory of Flight" (1998) Split in 1999

Tim Burton Director

Companion
Met when Burton directed Bonham Carter in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) Began dating in October 2001

Nell Burton

Daughter
Born Dec. 15, 2007; father, Tim Burton

Billy Burton

Son
Born Oct. 4, 2003; father, Tim Burton

Raymond Carter

Father
Was alternate U.K. director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC for two years in the 1960s Became ill when Bonham Carter was around 10 years old; suffered a stroke while undergoing an operation to remove a benign brain tumor; subsequently confined to a wheelchair Died Jan 18, 2004 at the age of 74

Elena Carter

Mother
Reportedly had a nervous breakdown when Bonham Carter was five years old

Edward Carter

Brother
Older

Thomas Carter

Brother
Older

Violet Carter

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother

Helene Fould-Springer

Grandmother
Jewish maternal grandmother Converted to Catholicism at marriage

Eduardo de Callejon

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather Spanish diplomat and former Minister-Counsellor at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC

Liliane de Rothschild

Great-Aunt
Carter's maternal grandmother's sister Was the wife of Baron Elie de Rothschild

EDUCATION

Westminster School

London , England
Also known as The Royal College of St. Peter in Westminster

South Hampstead High School

A girls' independent school

Milestones

2015

Starred as the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella"

2013

Co-starred with Johnny Depp in Disney's "The Lone Ranger"

2012

Played the villainous Madame Thénardier in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper

2012

Once againg co-starred with Depp in Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The King's Speech")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("The King's Speech")

2010

Portrayed the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in "The King's Speech"

2010

Reprised role of Bellatrix Lestrange for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011

2010

Re-teamed with director Burton and co-star Depp to play the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland"

2009

Reprised role of Bellatrix Lestrange for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

2009

Played the lead villain of "Terminator Salvation," starring Christian Bale as John Connor

2007

Played cannibalistic pie-maker Mrs. Lovett opposite Johnny Depp in Burton’s film adaptation of "Sweeney Todd"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2007

Cast as mad witch Bellatrix Lestrange in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2005

Cast as Charlie's mother in Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Depp as Willy Wonka

2005

Voiced Lady Tottington in the British Academy Award-winning stop-motion animated film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"

2005

Voiced the title role of Emily in the animated feature "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"

2003

Played Anne Boleyn in "Henry VIII," a two part ITV drama based on the life of Henry VIII of England

2003

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Alison Lohman in Burton’s "Big Fish"

2002

Portrayed CNN producer Ingrid Formanek in the HBO feature "Live From Baghdad"; earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a TV Movie

2001

Played Ari, the ape daughter of a powerful politician in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"

2001

Starred opposite Steve Martin in the thriller "Novocaine"

1999

Was the female lead opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in "Fight Club"

1999

Co-starred in the Toronto Film Festival screened "Women Talking Dirty"

1998

Played a wheelchair-bound woman in "Theory of Flight"

1998

Cast as Morgan Le Fey in the NBC miniseries "Merlin"

1997

Garnered critical attention and accolades for her performance as the manipulative Kate Croy in "The Wings of the Dove"; nominated for a Best Actress Oscar

1996

Returned to Shakespeare to play Olivia in Trevor Nunn's "Twelfth Night"

1995

Appeared as Woody Allen's American wife in "Mighty Aphrodite"

1995

Played a foul-mouthed miner's daughter in the Canadian film "Margaret's Museum"

1994

Portrayed Victor Frankenstein's lover in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

1994

Made a comic cameo as a dream version of Julia Sawalha's Saffron on the BBC comedy "Absolutely Fabulous"

1993

Played Marina Oswald in the NBC TV-movie "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald"

1992

Cast as Emma Thompson's sister in the Merchant-Ivory production "Howards End"

1990

Co-starred as Ophelia opposite Mel Gibson's "Hamlet"

1988

London stage debut, "The Woman in White"

1987

Made U.S. TV-movie debut in "A Hazard of Hearts" (CBS)

1987

Played Don Johnson's girlfriend on two episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1986

First collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, "A Room with a View"

1985

Feature film debut, "Lady Jane" directed by Trevor Nunn

1983

Acting debut in British telefilm, "A Pattern of Roses"

1982

Professional acting debut, a commercial at age 16

1979

At age 13, won a national writing contest and used the money won to pay for her entry into the actor's directory Spotlight

Bonus Trivia

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Bonham Carter was a model for Yardley products in England.

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