Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter
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Helena Bonham Carter at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011
BornHelena Bonham Carter
(1966-05-26) May 26, 1966 (age 52)
Islington, London, U.K.
ResidenceHampstead, London, U.K.
Years active1983–present
Partner(s)Kenneth Branagh
Tim Burton (2001-2014)
Children2 (with Burton)
Parent(s)Raymond Bonham Carter
Elena Propper de Callejón
FamilyBonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter CBE (born 26 May 1966) is an Oscar-nominated British actress. Bonham Carter made her first appearance on screen in the K.M. Peyton movie, A Pattern of Roses, before appearing in her first starring role in Lady Jane. She is known for playing Marla Singer in the movie Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

She has done many movies with her former boyfriend Tim Burton, including her roles as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, and as the Corpse Bride in the movie Corpse Bride along with many others. She also played the evil Red Queen in Tim Burton's movie, Alice in Wonderland alongside Johnny Depp.

She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to drama.[1][2]

Early life

Helena Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London, England.

Her mother, Elena, is a psychotherapist. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, was a banker[3] and his maternal grandfather was H. H. Asquith, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Helena Bonham Carter's maternal grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón, was half Spanish and half Jewish. Carter has two brothers: Edward and Thomas. She is a distant cousin of fellow actor, Crispin Bonham-Carter, who played Mr. Bingley in the BBC's production of Pride and Prejudice in 1995. Carter is related to Jane Bonham Carter, the Baroness of Yarnbury.

Carter attended the South Hampstead High School, a girls' school, in Hampstead, London. She later went to Westminster School near the Palace of Westminster. She was rejected from King's College, Cambridge University because they feared she would leave mid-year to follow her acting career.[4] After the rejection, Carter decided to fully concentrate on acting instead of going to school. Carter speaks French fluently.

When Carter was five years old, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, which took her three years to recover from. After recovery, Carter's mother decided to become a psychotherapist. Carter now pays her mother to read scripts and provide her opinion of the characters' psychological motivations.[5] A few years after her mother's recovery, Carter's father became deaf in one ear while on holiday in Greece. He was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, and underwent an operation to remove a benign tumor. However, the surgery went very wrong; after 9 hours in surgery, Raymond, at 50 years of age, had a stroke that left him half-paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.[6] With Carter's two older brothers away at college, she alone was left to help her mother deal with the new problems.

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