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Helena Bonham Carter


Helena Bonham Carter is a British actress. Helena Bonham Carter rose to popularity after playing the roles of Lucy Honeychurch in “A Room with a View” (1985) and the title character in “Lady Jane” (1986).

Early Life

Helena Bonham Carter was born in Islington, London, England, on the 26th of May 1966. She is currently 57 years old and according to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Gemini. She holds British nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity.

The names of her parents are Raymond Bonham Carter and Elena Propper De Callejon. Her father was a merchant banker while her mother was a psychotherapist by profession.

In addition, she grew up with two older brothers named Edward and Thomas. She hails from a well-known political family. Her paternal grandparents were also successful politicians.

Caption: Helena Bonham Carter with her mother (Source: Daily Mail)

Her childhood was traumatic while her mother suffered a major psychological collapse and needed three years to recover. Moreover, her father encountered problems following surgery to remove a tumour, leaving him partially paraplegic.

Helena Bonham Carter – Education

Carter attended South Hampstead High School and completed her A-levels at Westminster School. She applied to King’s College, Cambridge, but got rejected.

Professional Career

In the year 1979, Helena Bonham Carter won a national writing contest. She used her used the winning prize money to pay for her entry into the actors’ Spotlight directory.

At the age of 16 years old, she made her acting debut, appearing in a television commercial. She played a brief role in the 1983 TV film “A Pattern of Roses.”

Later, she landed her first lead film role as Lady Jane Grey in “Lady Jane” (1986) while the movie was given mixed reviews by critics. She got her breakthrough role as Lucy Honeychurch in the British romance film “A Room with a View” (1985). The movie is an adaptation of E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel, which was filmed after Lady Jane, but released two months earlier.

Caption: The poster of the 1985 British romance film, A Room with a View (Source: The Criterion Collection)

She later appeared in the episodes of “Miami Vice” and appeared on the second series of the British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous,” as Edina Monsoon’s daughter Saffron. Similarly, she starred in the television films “A Hazard of Hearts” and “The Vision.”

Continued her acting works

She portrayed the role of Helen Schlegel in the 1992 film “Howards Ends” which brought her massive acclaim and a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress. Moreover, she starred as a dissolute woman named Marla Singer in the 1999 film “Fight Club” a film based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel.

From 2001 to 2010, she appeared in movies such as “Planet of the Apes,” “Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Corpse Bride” along with Tim Burton.

Moreover, she opened her fashion line called ‘The Pantaloonies’ in collaboration with swimwear designer Samantha Sage in the year 2006. Moreover, their first collection, ‘Bloomin’ Bloomers,’ was a Victorian-style range of camisoles and bloomers.

In the 2009 BBC Four television film “Enid” she played the role of Enid Blyton, for which she earned the 2010 “International Emmy Award” for ‘Best Actress’ for her role. The next year, she starred in the biopic “Toast” playing the role of Joan Potter.

That same year, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 British epic historical drama film “The King’s Speech” directed by Tom Hooper. The television film was a major box office and critical success and brought her much fame and appreciation.

Recent Works

Between 2007 and 2011, she starred in the “Harry Potter” film series as the wicked Bellatrix Lestrange, a female Death Eater. In 2012, she appeared in two adapted classics: “Great Expectations,” in which she portrayed a rich spinster Miss Havisham, and “Les Misérables,” in which she played Mme. Thénardier.

In 2o16, she reprised the role of Red Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.: She played the role of Rose Well in the 2018 movie “Ocean’s 8.” Additionally, she lent her voice to the character Jen in the 2022 British animation stop-motion animated anthology film “The House.”

The film received widespread acclaim from critics and holds a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, she played Eudoria Holmes again in Harry Bradbeer’s mystery film “Enola Holmes 2.” The film was released on Netflix to favorable reviews from critics. She appeared in the British three-part biographical miniseries “Nolly” in 2023, as Noele Gordon.

Helena Bonham Carter – Awards

Carter has won a BAFTA, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, an International Emmy Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition, she has been nominated for two Academy Awards, nine Golden Globe Awards, and five Primetime Emmy Awards. Moreover, she has also garnered important prizes from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review.

Caption: Helena Bonham Carter with her BAFTA award (Source: Go Fug Yourself)

In the 2012 New Year Honours list, she was awarded a CBE for services to drama, and Prime Minister David Cameron announced in January 2014 that she had been named to Britain’s new national Holocaust Commission.

Net Worth 2024

As of 2023, her net worth is estimated at around $30 million while her exact annual salary and income are yet to be under review. Her acting career has helped her gain fame and fortune and lives a lavishing lifestyle.

Relationship Status

Bonham Carter has been dating art historian Rye Dag Holmboe since 2018. Holmboe is 21 years junior to Carter. In the past, she had several relationships.

Past relationship

At first, she dated actor Kenneth Branagh and their relationship lasted for around five years. She later dated English actor Rufus Sewell for a few months. Furthermore, in the summer of 2000, she began dating a considerably older actor named Steve Martin. In 2001, she began dating filmmaker Tim Burton.

He had cast her in the “Planet of the Apes” and they had gotten close during filming. They resided in adjoining houses that were linked. She gave birth to a son, Billy Raymond Burton, in 2003. In December 2007, they welcomed a daughter, Nell Burton, into their family. They announced their separation in a statement posted in December 2014. Burton was said to be going through a mid-life crisis.

Body Measurements

Caption: Helena Bonham Carter posing for a photo (Source: Pinterest)

This beautiful actress stands 5 feet tall (1.52 m) and weighs around 55 kg (121 lbs). In addition, she has a pair of dark brown eyes with the same color hair and her body measurement is 35-26-34 inches. She wears a dress size of 6 US and a shoe size of 8 US.

Helena Bonham Carter – Social Media

Carter is officially not active on any kind of social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at the moment.



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