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Helena Bonham Carter


Helena Bonham Carter




26 May 1966 (Age: 50)



Helena Bonham Carter, CBE (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove (1997). For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech (2010), she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She also won the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as British author Enid Blyton in the TV film Enid (2009).


Helena Bonham Carter played Lady Tottington in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Julia Hoffman in Dark Shadows, Fairy Godmother in the live action Cinderella, Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mother Squirrel in The Gruffalo and Marla Singer from Fight Club.


  • In 2009, The Times named her one of the Top 10 British Actresses of all-time. 
  • Returned to work eight months after giving birth to her son Billy Ray in order to begin filming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). 
  • Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. 
  • She is the daughter of a prominent British banker and the great-granddaughter of Asquith, the Liberal prime minister. 
  • She is close friends with Johnny Depp, who often works with her fiancé, Tim Burton. In fact, Depp is the godfather of her children with Burton, Billy Ray and Nell. 
  • Underwent extensive vocal lessons and studied baking in preparation for her role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). 
  • Delivered her first child, a boy, Billy Ray, with partner Tim Burton on October 4, 2003. 
  • 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 May 2006, she launched her own fashion line, "The Pantaloonies," with swimwear designer Samantha Sage. Their first collection, called Bloomin' Bloomers, is a Victoriana style selection of camisoles, mop caps and bloomers. The duo are now working on Pantaloonies customized jeans which Helena describes as "a kind of scrapbook on the bum.".
  • She has made six films with Johnny Depp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012) and The Lone Ranger (2013).