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Helena Bonham Carter

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 Singer in the film Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in 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. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, 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 Bale in Terminator Salvation, and The Red Queen in her partner Tim Burton's 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland.

Biography

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 England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s; he came from a famous British political family, being the son of Maurice Bonham Carter and 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 Embassy in 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). 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 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice. Bonham Carter 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 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.

Career

Bonham Carter has not received any formal training in acting. In 1979, she won a national writing contest and used the money won to pay for her entry into the actors directory 'Spotlight'. She made her professional acting début at the age of 16, in a television commercial. She also had a part in a minor 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. Bonham Carter also appeared in episodes of Miami Vice as Don Johnson's love interest during the 1986–87 season. She turned down the role of Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves (1996) due to the sexual content. The role went to Emily Watson who was nominated for an Academy Award for the role.

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. She expanded her range,; her more recent films are Fight Club, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 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 Festival that unanimously selected The Wind That Shakes the Barley as the best film.

Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was released in 2007. She replaced Helen McCrory, who left due to pregnancy, (but will be portraying Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix's sister, in the sixth and possibly seventh film adaptations). Bonham Carter received positive reviews as Lestrange, described as a "shining but underused talent"; her character will re-appear in the final three movie adaptations of the six and seventh books. She then played Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd's (Johnny Depp) amorous accomplice in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film was released on 21 December 2007 in the US and 25 January 2008 in the UK. Directed by Tim Burton, Bonham Carter received a Golden Globe nomination ("Best Actress - Comedy or Musical") for her performance, though she did not win. She also won the Best Actress award in the 2007 Evening Standard British Film Awards for her performances in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Conversations With Other Women. Bonham Carter will also be appearing in the fourth Terminator film entitled Terminator Salvation. It is said that she will play a small but pivotal role, but will be the lead villain of the film.

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 jeans which Bonham Carter describes as "a kind of scrapbook on the bum". Bonham Carter also planned to return to the West End with an appearance in "Rubenstein's Kiss"; however, the play was delayed because of her busy schedule. The production, also set to star Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame, was due to open in November 2004 but has now been postponed.

In September 2006, Wild Target director, Jonathan Lynn, confirmed in an email to a 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. Bonham Carter's role has now been confirmed, and it is Red Queen. Bonham Carter will be appearing alongside various big names such as Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas and 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.

Personal life

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 Sewell and Steve Martin. 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 pregnant with the couple's first child, son Billy Ray Burton, who was born on 4 October 2003. At age 41, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Nell Burton, on 15 December 2007 in Central London. She says she named her daughter Nell after all the "Helens" in her family lineage. In August 2008, four of her relatives were killed in a safari bus crash in South Africa, she was given indefinite leave from filming Terminator Salvation, and returned later on to complete the rest of her filming.

In 2008, both Bonham Carter and Burton put their American apartments up for sale. The apartments are located in the Greenwich Village area, in New York City. The couple sold them for a collective $8.75 million. In early October, it was released that Bonham Carter had become a patron of 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."

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1983 A Pattern of Roses Netty
1985 A Room with a View Lucy Honeychurch novel by E. M. Forster
1986 Lady Jane Lady Jane Grey
1987 Maurice Lady at Cricket Match (cameo) novel by E. M. Forster
A Hazard of Hearts Serena Staverley novel by Barbara Cartland
Miami Vice Dr. Theresa Lyons Two Episodes - Theresa & Savage
The Vision Jo Marriner
1988 La Maschera Iris
Six Minutes with Ludwig The Star
1989 Francesco Chiara Offreduccio
Getting It Right Lady Minerva Munday
Arms and the Man Raina
1990 Hamlet Ophelia
1991 Where Angels Fear to Tread Caroline Abbott novel by E. M. Forster
Jackanory Reader Five Episodes - The Way to Sattin Shore (1-5)
1992 Howards End Helen Schlegel novel by E. M. Forster
Nominated for BAFTA
1993 Dancing Queen Pandora/Julie aka Rik Mayall Presents Dancing Queen
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Elizabeth Frankenstein Nominated for Saturn Award
Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Marina Oswald Nominated for Golden Globe
A Dark-Adapted Eye Faith Severn (adult) Novel by Barbara Vine
Butter Dorothy
Absolutely Fabulous Dream Saffron One Episode - Hospital
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Amanda Weinrib
Margaret's Museum Margaret MacNeil Won Genie Award
Won Chlotrudis Award
Won Fantasporto award
1996 Twelfth Night: Or What You Will Olivia
Portraits chinois Ada
1997 Keep the Aspidistra Flying Rosemary novel by George Orwell
The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy novel by Henry James
Nominated for Oscar
Nominated BAFTA
Nominated Golden Globe
Nominated Satellite Award
Nominated OFCS Award
Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award
Won Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress
Won Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Won NBR Award for Best Actress
Won BSFC Award for Best Actress
Won DFWFCA Award for Best Actress
Won KCFCC Award for Best Actress
Won Sierra Award for Best Actress
Won ALFS Award for Best Actress
Won STFC Award for Best Actress
Won SEFCA Award for Best Actress
Won TFCA Award for Best Actress
Won LAFCA Award for Best Actress
Won NBR Award for Best Actress
1998 Merlin Morgan le Fay Nominated for Golden Globe
Nominated Emmy
The Revengers' Comedies Karen Knightly play by Alan Ayckbourn
U.S. title: Sweet Revenge
The Theory of Flight Jane Thatchard Nominated Satellite award
1999 Fight Club Marla Singer novel by Chuck Palahniuk
Won an Empire Award
Women Talking Dirty Cora produced by David Furnish
Elton John (executive producer)
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything Lily
2000 Carnivale Milly (voice role)
2001 Planet of the Apes Ari directed by Tim Burton
Nominated for an Empire Award
Nominated for a Saturn Award
Novocaine Susan Ivey
Football Mum
2002 The Heart of Me Dinah novel by Rosamond Lehmann
Nominated British Independent Film Award
Won ALFS award
Live From Baghdad Ingrid Formanek Nominated for Golden Globe
Nominated Emmy
Till Human Voices Wake Us Ruby
2003 Big Fish Jenny/The Witch directed by Tim Burton
Nominated: César award
Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Won a Cine Award
Won a Fantasporto Award
2005 Conversations with Other Women Woman Won a Tokyo film award
Won Evening Standard British Film Award
Won Best actress award
Magnificent 7 Maggi
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Lady Tottington (voice role) Nominated for Annie Award
Won a Cine Award
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Corpse Bride (voice role) directed by Tim Burton
Won an Annie Award
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Bucket directed by Tim Burton
2006 Sixty Six Esther Reubens
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Bellatrix Lestrange directed by David Yates
Nominated Teen Choice Award
Nominated Fantasporto award
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett directed by Tim Burton
musical by Stephen Sondheim
Nominated for Golden Globe
Nominated for Saturn Award
Nominated for ALFS Award
Nominated for National Movie Award
Nominated for Spike Award
Won Evening Standard British Film Award
2009 Terminator Salvation Serena Post-Production
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix Lestrange Post-Production
2010 Alice in Wonderland The Red Queen Filming
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Bellatrix Lestrange Pre-Production
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Bellatrix Lestrange Pre-Production

Discography

Year Song Title Film Other notes
2005 Tears to Shed Corpse Bride Solo Performance
2007 The Worst Pies in London Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Solo Performance
Poor Thing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Solo Perfomance
My Friends Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Johnny Depp
Pirelli's Miracle Elixir Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Trio with Johnny Depp & Edward Sanders
Wait Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Johnny Depp
Epiphany Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Johnny Depp
A Little Priest Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Johnny Depp
God That's Good! Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Edward Sanders
By the Sea Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Johnny Depp
Not While I'm Around Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Duet with Edward Sanders

Awards and Nominations

Year Title Result Other notes
1993 BAFTA Award Nominated Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for: Howards End (1992)
1994 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
for: Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993) (TV)
1995 Saturn Award Nominated Best Actress
for: Frankenstein (1994)
1996 International Fantasy Film Award Won Best Actress
for: Margaret's Museum (1995)
Genie Award Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
for: Margaret's Museum (1995)
Chlotrudis Award Won Best Actress
for: Margaret's Museum (1995)
1997 LAFCA Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
NBR Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Film Excellence Award Won
BSFC Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
1998 OFCS Award Nominated Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Oscar Award Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
BAFTA Award Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Critics' Choice Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Chlotrudis Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
DFWFCA Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
for: Merlin (1998) (TV)
Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
KCFCC Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Sierra Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
OFCS Award Nominated Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Golden Satellite Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Screen Actors Guild Award Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
SEFCA Award Won Best Actress
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
TFCA Award Won Best Performance - Female
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
1999 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
for: Merlin (1998) (TV)
ALFS Award Won British Actress of the Year
for: The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Golden Satellite Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
for: The Theory of Flight (1998)
2000 Empire Award Won Best British Actress
for: Fight Club (1999)
2002 Saturn Award Nominated Best Supporting Actress
for: Planet of the Apes (2001)
Empire Award Nominated Best British Actress
for: Planet of the Apes (2001)
2003 British Independent Film Award Nominated Best Actress
for: The Heart of Me (2002)
Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
for: Live from Baghdad (2002) (TV)
Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
for: Live from Baghdad (2002) (TV)
Cine Award Won Best Actress
for: Henry VIII (2003) (TV)
Fantasporto Award Won Best Actress
for: Henry VIII (2003) (TV)
2005 Best Actress Award Won Best Actress
for: Conversations with Other Women (2005)
2006 Annie Award Nominated Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
for: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Cine Award Won Best Voice Actress
for: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
2008 Evening Standard British Film Award Won Best Actress
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Evening Standard British Film Award Won Best Actress
for: Conversations with Other Women (2005)
Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Spike Award Nominated Best Actress in a Horror Movie or Show
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
ALFS Award Nominated British Actress of the Year
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Saturn Award Nominated Best Actress
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
National Movie Award Nominated Best Actress
for: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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