Helena Bonham Carter Biography

Film Actress, Television Actress, Actress, Theater Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress(1966–)
Helena Bonham Carter is an esteemed British actress known for her roles in historical dramas like 'Howard's End,' 'The King's Speech' and 'Suffragette' as well as fantasy outings like 'Corpse Bride,' 'Alice in Wonderland' and the 'Harry Potter' franchise.

Who Is Helena Bonham Carter?

Helena Bonham Carter was born on May 26, 1966, in London, England. Her film debut was in Lady Jane in 1985 and she became well-known for her roles in period dramas like A Room with a View, Howard's End, The Wings of the Dove and The King's Speech (receiving Oscar nominations for the latter two). After appearing in his 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, Carter had a long-term relationship with director Tim Burton, also making frequent appearances in several of his other films. They have two children together.

Cinematic Debut

Actress Helena Bonham Carter was born on May 26, 1966, in London, England. Bonham Carter is perhaps best known for playing quintessential English heroines. She made her cinematic debut as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane (1985). Later film credits include Hamlet (1990), Howard's End (1992, opposite Emma Thompson), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and Twelfth Night (1996). She then received her first Oscar nomination for her lead role in the romance The Wings of the Dove (1997). Roles in additional dramas like The Theory of Flight (1998) and Fight Club (1999) followed. 

Collaborations With Burton

In 2001, Bonham Carter appeared in the remake of Planet of the Apes, directed by Tim Burton. Not long after the film's release, the two became involved and had their first child together in 2003. The couple worked on another remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), starring Johnny Depp. She also lent her voice to the title character of Burton's dark animated tale Corpse Bride (2005).

In 2007, Bonham Carter co-starred in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Depp as well, again directed by Burton. The film was an adaptation of a popular Stephen Sondheim musical and both lead actors performed their own songs. Around this time, Bonham Carter and Burton also expanded their family. The couple welcomed their second child in December of that year.

Outside of her work with Burton, Bonham Carter appeared in the box office hit Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), the fifth installment of the film adaptations of J. K. Rowling's bestselling book series. She portrayed the crazed witch Bellatrix Lestrange, a role she reprised in additional Potter installments. 

Red Queen and 'Suffragette'

More recently, Bonham Carter starred as the Red Queen in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) and she received another Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon in The King’s Speech (2010). Bonham Carter also starred as Madame Thénardier in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. 2013 saw her taking on the role of Red Harrington, a brothel madam in The Lone Ranger. 

In late 2014, it was reported that Bonham Carter and Burton amicably split. The following year the actress appeared in Kenneth Branagh's revamp of Cinderella, portraying the magical fairy godmother. During the fall season she also co-starred in Suffragette, a retelling of the fight for women's voting rights in early 20th-century England.

Among her bigger projects coming down the pike, Bonham Carter will be part of the star-studded female cast in Gary Ross' comedy heist film Ocean's 8, slated to premiere in June 2018.  

'The Crown'

In January 2018 Netflix officially tapped Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret for seasons 3 and 4. The actress will be set to replace Vanessa Kirby, who played a younger version of the controversial princess in the first two seasons. 

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