Helena Bonham Carter
May. 26th, 1966
Golders Green, London, England, UK
Helena Bonham Carter's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Alice in Wonderland
2010 - The King's Speech
2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
2009 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2009 - Terminator: Salvation
2007 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2007 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2006 - Sixty Six
2005 - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2005 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 - Conversations with Other Women
2005 - Corpse Bride
2003 - Big Fish
2002 - Till Human Voices Wake Us
2002 - The Heart of Me
2001 - Planet of the Apes
2001 - Novocaine
1999 - Fight Club
1997 - The Wings of the Dove
1995 - Mighty Aphrodite
1994 - Frankenstein
1992 - Howards End
1990 - Hamlet
1986 - Lady Jane
1986 - A Room with a View
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Theresa Lyons
For a time in the late 1990s, it seemed that Helena Bonham Carter was about to deliver on her promise and begin what would be a major career as a first-rate, important actress. Audiences and critics had always known of her extraordinary look. a delicate beauty that evoked another time and another place, but her performance in "The Wings of the Dove" (1997) had shown her to be possessed of a vital acting talent as well. She received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work in the film although Helen Hunt won the Academy Award for her role in "As Good As It Gets."
Born in Golders Green, London, England on May 26, 1966, Helen Bonham Carter had achieved success in films early. Before she was 20 years old, she had scored her first lead in director James Ivory's tasteful adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel "A Room With a View" (1985), only her second film. She followed up this auspicious debut as a leading player assaying the uncrowned Queen of England, "Lady Jane Grey," in the eponymous film. In the first part of her career, she became a staple in what can be seen as an annex of the British Heritage industry, starring in more tasteful adaptations of British or anglo-American novels, such as the adaptation of E.M. Forster's "Maurice" (1987), her second film for James Ivory
In hindsight, it is no coincidence that "Room," her first film under the Merchant-Ivory banner (director Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter Ruth Jabha Prawler' ), proved to be the brand's big breakthrough on the big screen, ushering them into the big-time, with a good box office showing and full-blown Oscar recognition. In the two Merchant-Ivory films in which she was a major star, the brand scored their greatest success. Though it was Emma Thompson (I), her rival for Kenneth Branagh's affections, who won a Best Actress Oscar for "Howard's End" (1992), Bonham Carter's presence in the film clearly was a factor in its great success. It began a three-picture run that climaxed with Merchant-Ivory's last wholly unqualified success, "Howards End" (1992)
Howards End" (1992) was the last film she made for Merchant-Ivory, and the brand's career eventually wound down without their good-luck charm, as Helena Bonham Carter was the real thing. The patrician offspring of British Prime Minister 'H.H Asquith' 's blue blood (he was her great-great-grandfather; her great-grand-uncle Anthony Asquith was a noted English director), Helena Bonham Carter possessed of an extraordinary look with her dark hair and eyes and porcelain skin, Carter was born to be part of the Merchant-Ivory stable, giving their ersatz-Englishness a certain "je ne sais quoi" that paid off in handsome dividends, rather like British gilt-edged government securities.
Ironically, it was her turn as the undisputed star of the neo-Merchant-Ivory "Wings of the Dove" that brought her her Oscar nod. She was not only beautiful, she not only could act, but she was courageous. In "Wings," she arguably had the most explicit nude scene ever to be limned by an Oscar-nominated actress, but lost out to Helen Hunt.
Alas, her subsequent career, while interesting, has failed to deliver on that promise, though she is still young and likely to astound us once again. Her choice of roles can be seen as an attempt to break out of the Merchant-Ivory cottage industry ghetto of Henry James & E.M. Forster adaptations. She was quite memorable in the neo-classic "Fight Club" and seemed to be on the verge of achieving that rare status of someone who is a star with an extraordinary look who can also act while retaining true sexpot status. (On the distaff side, the great Paul Newman (I) comes to mind. Brando was a superstar who could act, but hardly a sexpot. Julie Christie (I) had a chance but turned her back on stardom, while Jane Fonda came close, though her sex-kitten act was a bit forced, but finally chucked it all away after having her breasts unnecessarily augmented for Ted Turner (I).) Carter's output since then has evinced an erosion in her status as both star and actress, though her beauty remains undiminished.
- Turned down the role of Bess in _Breaking the Waves (1996)_ (qv) due to the sexual content. The role went to 'Emily Watson (I)' (qv) who was nominated for an Oscar for that role.
- Is close friends with 'Johnny Depp' (qv), who often works with her fiancÚ, 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv). In fact, Depp is the godfather of her child with Burton, Billy Ray.
- Was cast as Bellatrix Lestrange after 'Helen McCrory' (qv) became pregnant, and would have been nearly full-term when her scenes were shot. She returned to the role for one scene in _Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)_ (qv), opposite McCrory as her sister Narcissa Malfoy. Ironically, Carter was able to be in this scene because it was scheduled to be filmed after she gave birth to her own child.
- (1994 - September 1999) Lived with 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv).
- Delivered her first child, a boy, Billy Ray, with partner 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) on October 4, 2003.
- Was originally going to appear as a cyborg in _Terminator Salvation (2009)_ (qv) which would match her former choices of eccentric characters. However, the script was leaked online and her character got rewritten and her screen time significantly cut down, and her character changed.
- She is the daughter of a prominent British banker and the great-granddaughter of Asquith, the Liberal prime minister.
- She gave birth to a baby girl, Nell Burton, on December 15th, 2007. She was 41, and her fiancÚ 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) was 49.