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: 05/25/1966 in London, England, GB


Actor (72)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

Red Queen (Actor)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

Fairy Godmother (Actor)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)


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

Dr. Clair (Actor)

Burton and Taylor 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Night Will Fall 2014 (Movie)


Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

Miss Havisham (Actor)

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


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


Carnivale 1999 (Movie)

of Milly (Voice)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

Marla Singer (Actor)

Football 1999 (Movie)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


A Dark Adapted Eye (TV Show)


A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)


Henry VIII (TV Show)


Live From Baghdad (TV Show)


The Gruffalo (TV Show)

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)


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.


Anthony Asquith Director

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

Was the Liberal Party prime minister in England

Kenneth Branagh Actor

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

Tim Burton Actor

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

Nell Burton

Born Dec. 15, 2007; father, Tim Burton

Billy Burton

Born Oct. 4, 2003; father, Tim Burton

Raymond Carter

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

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

Edward Carter


Thomas Carter


Violet Carter

Paternal grandmother

Helene Fould-Springer

Jewish maternal grandmother Converted to Catholicism at marriage

Eduardo de Callejon

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

Liliane de Rothschild

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


Westminster School

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

South Hampstead High School

A girls' independent school



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


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


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


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")


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Starred opposite Steve Martin in the thriller "Novocaine"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


London stage debut, "The Woman in White"


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


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


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


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


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


Professional acting debut, a commercial at age 16


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


Bonham Carter was a model for Yardley products in England.


"I'm a genre unto myself. If a period film opens and I'm not in it, the critics write, 'And the Helena Bonham Carter role is played by...' Period movies are my destiny. I should get a few ribs taken out, because I'll be in a corset for the rest of my life." – Bonham Carter to EW, April 3, 1992


"I'm not sure that I'm employable [in Hollywood] really. It used to make me feel quite inadequate that I don't have a certain look or legs that go on forever. Now I sort of don't mind the whole physical thing." – Bonham Carter in USA Today, Nov. 21, 1997


"I'm quite happy trundling along. And I'd be quite pleased to do a few more period roles, I know it might be a yawn for everybody else if I keep popping up seemingly, to repeat myself, but I don't think so because, again, beyond the look of the films, since they come from novels, the characters tend to be very well-drawn and dimensional, and the stories then to be character-driven so you don't end up having to play the decorative girlfriend who's described only in terms of her looks rather than by any form of character. And it is ironic that the more interesting parts for women are set in the past." – Bonham Carter in Detour, December 1997/January 1998


"A lot of actors go into agony about what they've done, but I've always felt like there's no point in beating yourself up afterwards." – Bonham Carter on how a film is perceived by the public, quoted in 2001 to www.tiscali.co.uk


"I go into a massive depression. It takes four days to recover, and every time, I say, ‘I’m giving up acting.’ I’m very self-critical. I hate everything – how bad I look, how bad my performance is. In acting, I’m trying to get away from myself, and when I see the work, I think, ‘Oh no, after all that effort, it’s still me!’" – Bonham Carter on how she is still unable to watch herself on screen to the London Times, April 29, 2007


"I was very introverted as a child. I had a friend who was an actress when I was about 5, and she was immensely glamorous, so I just wanted to be her. I spent most of my childhood wanting to be somebody else, so why not get paid to be somebody else? So that's kind of how it happened." – Bonham Carter to the Associated Press, March 1, 2010


"'F*ck it' is my guiding philosophy." – Bonham Carter to Daniel Radcliffe, Interview, June/July 2012