- Helena Bonham Carter
caption = at the 2005
Toronto International Film Festivalpromoting "Curse of the Wererabbit"
birthname = Helena Bonham Carter
birthdate = birth date and age|1966|5|26|
Golders Green, London, England
yearsactive = 1983–present
occupation = Actress, Singer
Tim Burton–2 Children
emmyawards = 2000 "
Live From Baghdad" Evening Standard British Film Awards
2008 "" shared with "
Conversations with Other Women" Empire Award
Critics' Choice Award
The Wings of the Dove"
The Wings of the Dove"
Tim Burton(2001 - present) 2 children
Helena Bonham Carter (born 26 May 1966) is an Oscar and
Golden Globe-nominated English actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Lucy Honeychurch in the film "A Room with a View", Marla Singerin the film "Fight Club", Bellatrix Lestrangein "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", her Oscar-nominated performance as Kate Croy in "The Wings of the Dove", her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Mrs. Lovettin "", as well as her other collaborations with her domestic partner, Tim Burton. Bonham Carter has recently signed on to star as the leading villain, Serena, alongside Christian Balein " Terminator Salvation", and The Red Queen in her partner Tim Burton's 2010 film, "Alice in Wonderland".
Early life and family background
Bonham Carter was born in
Golders Green, London. 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 Englandat the International Monetary Fundin Washington, D.C.during the 1960s;cite news|last=Costa|first=Maddy|coauthors=|title='It's all gone widescreen'|pages=|publisher=Guardian Unlimited|date= 2006-11-03|url=http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,1937548,00.html|accessdate=2007-07-13] [cite web|last=|first=|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=Helena Bonham Carter Biography (1966-)|publisher=FilmReference.com|date=2007|url=http://www.filmreference.com/film/39/Helena-Bonham-Carter.html|format=|accessdate=2007-07-13] [cite web|last=|first=|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=Helena Bonham Carter|publisher=Yahoo! Movies|date=|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800018966/bio|format=|accessdate=2007-07-13] he came from a famous British political family, being the son of Maurice Bonham Carterand Violet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury(whose father was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, H. H. Asquith). 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 Spanish Embassyin Washington, D.C.Bonham Carter's Jewish maternal grandmother, Hélène Fould-Springer, was the daughter of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer (a French-born banker who was a cousin of Achille Fould), and Mitzi Springer (whose father was the industrialist Baron Gustav Springer).cite news|last=Frazer|first=Jenni|coauthors=|title=How Helena’s grandfather was finally recognised as a true hero|pages=|publisher=The Jewish Chronicle|date= 2009-02-08|url=http://www.thejc.com/home.aspx?ParentId=m11&SecId=11&AId=57933&ATypeId=1|accessdate=2008-02-08] cite news|last=Barber|first=Lynn|coauthors=|title=Helena Bonham Carter: 'Couldn't she just wear a babygro?'|pages=|publisher=Guardian Unlimited|date= 1997-04-20|url=http://film.guardian.co.uk/Feature_Story/Observer/0,,44062,00.html|accessdate=2007-07-13] 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, 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 BBCproduction of Pride and Prejudice. Bonham Carter was educated at the South Hampstead High School, a girls' independent schoolin Hampstead, London and later at Westminster School, a co-educational independent school near the Palace of Westminster. Bonham Carter was denied admission to King's College, Cambridge University, 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.
for the role. [cite web|url=http://www.deep-focus.com/flicker/breaking.html|title=Breaking the Waves|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2004-01-07|work=Deep Focus]
These early films led to her being typecast as a "
corsetqueen", and "English rose", playing pre- and early 20th century characters, particularly in Merchant-Ivoryfilms. She expanded her range,; her more recent films are "Fight Club", "", 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". Bonham Carter was a member of the jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festivalthat unanimously selected "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" as the best film. [cite web|url=http://gofrance.about.com/od/cannesfilmfestival/a/cannes2006jury.htm|title=Cannes Film Festival 2006 Official Juries|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2008-10-07|work=Go France]
". It is said that she will play a small but pivotal role, but will be the lead villain of the film. [cite web|url=http://screenrant.com/terminator-4-helena-bonham-carter-niall-2837/|title=Terminator 4 Gets Helena Bonham Carter! |accessdate=|date=2008-07-01|publisher=ScreenRant]
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 jeanswhich Bonham Carter describes as "a kind of scrapbookon the bum". Bonham Carter also planned to return to the West Endwith an appearance in "Rubenstein's Kiss"; however, the play was delayed because of her busy schedule. The production, also set to star Gary Kempof Spandau Balletfame, was due to open in November 2004 but has now been postponed. [cite web|url=http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/celebrity/article707405.ece|title=English eccentric|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2006-04-22|work=Times Online]
In September 2006,
Wild Targetdirector, Jonathan Lynn, confirmed in an email to a [http://mrs-lovett.org/ fansite] , that Bonham Carter had in fact had to drop out of his film due to filming difficulties. He then went on to say that she had joined the cast of partner Tim Burton's 2010 film, "Alice in Wonderland". [cite web|url=http://mrs-lovett.org/index.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1222106285&archive=&start_from=&ucat=&|title=Helena Bonham Carter in "Alice in Wonderland"|accessdate=|date=2008-09-22|publisher=Mrs-Lovett.org] Bonham Carter's role has now been confirmed, and it is Red Queen. [cite web|url=http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/homepagenews/Burton-brings-Hollywood-Cornwall/article-359753-detail/article.html|title=Burton brings Hollywood to Cornwall|accessdate=2008-09-29|date=2008-09-29|work=This is Cornwall] Bonham Carter will be appearing alongside various big names such as Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucasand Christopher Lee. Bonham Carter and Hathaway will be playing the two dualing sisters, the Red and White Queens, respectively. Bonham Carter's role consists of two merged roles, the Queen of Hearts, and the Red Queen. [cite web|url=http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=23340|title=Bonham Carter and Hathaway Join "Alice in Wonderland"|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2008-10-07|work=JoBlo.com] [cite web|url=http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/artman2/publish/movie_news/Anne-Hathaway-in-Wonderland-12071008.php|title=Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway in "Wonderland"|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2008-10-07|work=The Hollywood News] [cite web|url=http://www.cinematical.com/2008/10/07/hathaway-and-bonham-carter-join-alice-in-wonderland/|title=Hathaway and Bonham Carter Join 'Alice in Wonderland'|accessdate=2008-10-07|date=2008-10-07|work=Cinematical]
Bonham Carter was in a relationship with actor
Kenneth Branagh(with whom she appeared in several films) from 1994 (while he was married to actress Emma Thompson) to the summer of 1999. She then briefly dated actors Rufus Sewelland Steve Martin. [cite news|last=WENN|first=|coauthors=|title=Steve Martin Dumped By Helena Bonham Carter
2000-08-14|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000188/news|accessdate=2007-07-13] In October 2001, she began her current relationship with director Tim Burton(while he was "engaged" to Lisa Marie), whom she met while filming "Planet of the Apes". She has appeared in all of his subsequent films. They live in Belsize Park, London, in adjoining houses with a connecting hallway, each part decorated and styled to suit their own personalities, because they felt they couldn't live 'together' but didn't want to live apart.
They purchased the house when she became
pregnantwith the couple's first child, sonBilly Ray Burton, who was born on 4 October 2003. At age 41, she gave birth to her second child, a daughternamed Nell Burton, on 15 December 2007 in Central London. [cite web|url=http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2007/12/tim-burton-and.html|title=Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter take son Billy Ray for a walk|accessdate=2007-12-27|date=2007-12-27|publisher=Celebrity-babies.com] She says she named her daughter Nell after all the "Helens" in her family lineage. [cite web|url=http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywood_jew/article/helena_bonham_carter_jewish_mother_20080730|title=Helena Bonham Carter Releases Daughter's Name |accessdate=|date=2008-07-30|publisher=Jewish Journal] [cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20217444,00.html|title=Helena Bonham Carter Reveals Her 7-Month-Old's Name|accessdate=2008-08-07|date=2008-08-07|publisher=People.com] In August 2008, four of her relatives were killed in a safaribus crash in South Africa, [cite web|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2605341/Helena-Bonham-Carters-relatives-killed-in-safari-crash.html|title=Helena Bonham Carter's relatives killed in safari crash |accessdate=|date=2008-08-23|publisher=The Telegraph] she was given indefinite leave from filming " Terminator Salvation", and returned later on to complete the rest of her filming. [cite web|url=http://filmonic.com/terminator-salvation-halts-bonham-carter|title=Terminator Salvation Halts For Bonham Carter |accessdate=|date=2008-08-24|publisher=Filmonic]
In 2008, both Bonham Carter and Burton put their American apartments up for sale. The apartments are located in the
Greenwich Villagearea, in New York City. The couple sold them for a collective $8.75 million. [cite web|url=http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0550921/|title=Burton + Bonham Carter Sell New York Homes|accessdate=2008-08-14|date=2007-12-27|publisher=WENN] In early October, it was released that Bonham Carter had become a patronof [http://www.actionduchenne.org 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." [cite web|url=http://london.jollypeople.com/helena-bonham-carter-action-duchenne/|title=Helena Bonham Carter, New Action Duchenne Patron |accessdate=|date=2008-10-02|publisher=Jolly People]
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