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Also Known As: Helena Bonham-Carter Died:
Born: May 26, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actress, model

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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...

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.

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Milestones close milestones

1979:
At age 13, won a national writing contest and used the money won to pay for her entry into the actor's directory <i>Spotlight</i>
1982:
Professional acting debut, a commercial at age 16
1983:
Acting debut in British telefilm, "A Pattern of Roses"
1985:
Feature film debut, "Lady Jane" directed by Trevor Nunn
1986:
First collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, "A Room with a View"
1987:
Played Don Johnson's girlfriend on two episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1987:
Made U.S. TV-movie debut in "A Hazard of Hearts" (CBS)
1988:
London stage debut, "The Woman in White"
1990:
Co-starred as Ophelia opposite Mel Gibson's "Hamlet"
1992:
Cast as Emma Thompson's sister in the Merchant-Ivory production "Howards End"
1993:
Played Marina Oswald in the NBC TV-movie "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald"
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"
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"
1996:
Returned to Shakespeare to play Olivia in Trevor Nunn's "Twelfth Night"
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
1998:
Cast as Morgan Le Fey in the NBC miniseries "Merlin"
1998:
Played a wheelchair-bound woman in "Theory of Flight"
1999:
Co-starred in the Toronto Film Festival screened "Women Talking Dirty"
1999:
Was the female lead opposite Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in "Fight Club"
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"
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
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"
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 the title role of Emily in the animated feature "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
2005:
Voiced Lady Tottington in the British Academy Award-winning stop-motion animated film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
2007:
Cast as mad witch Bellatrix Lestrange in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
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
2009:
Played the lead villain of "Terminator Salvation," starring Christian Bale as John Connor
2009:
Reprised role of Bellatrix Lestrange for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
2010:
Re-teamed with director Burton and co-star Depp to play the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland"
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:
Portrayed the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in "The King's Speech"
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 ("The King's Speech")
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
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2012:
Once againg co-starred with Depp in Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
2012:
Played the villainous Madame Thénardier in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper
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Education

South Hampstead High School: -
Westminster School: London , England -

Notes

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." --Helena Bonham Carter, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, 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, November 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.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kenneth Branagh. Actor, director. Together from c. 1994 to summer 1999; co-starred together in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994) and "Theory of Flight" (1998).
companion:
Tim Burton. Director. Born in 1958; directed her in "Planet of the Apes" (2001); reportedly began relationship in October 2001.

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great-grandfather:
Herbert Henry Asquith. Statesman. Was Liberal Party prime minister in England.
great-uncle:
Anthony Asquith. Director, screenwriter. Made such famous and acclaimed English features as "Pygmalion" (1938), "Quiet Wedding" (1940), "The Browning Version" (1950) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952).
grandmother:
Violet Bonham Carter.
father:
Raymond Bonham Carter. Former merchant banker. Was alternate UK 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 on Jan 18, 2004, he was 74.
mother:
Elena Bonham Carter. Psychotherapist. Half-Spanish, half-French; reportedly had a nervous breakdown when Bonham Carter was five years old.
brother:
Thomas Bonham Carter. Banker, former soldier. Served in the Irish Guards; older.
brother:
Edward Bonham Carter. Merchant banker. Older.
son:
Billy Raymond Burton. Born October 4, 2003 in London; father is Tim Burton.
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