Helena Bonham Carter

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Helena Bonham Carter in 2011 at the 83rd Academy Awards

Helena Bonham Carter CBE (born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green , London ) is a British actress .

Bonham Carter made her film debut in It Happened on the Lake by KM Peyto before she starred in her first lead role in Lady Jane . She gained fame with the E. M. Forster films Room with a View (1985) and Reunion in Howards End (1992). She later starred in Fight Club (1999) and The Wings of the Dove (1997), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. She won a BAFTA award for her role as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in The King's Speech (2010) , and the same year she received the International Emmy Award for her role as Enid Blyton in the television movie Enid (2009). She worked several times with Tim Burton , who was her significant other from 2001 to 2014, and starred in the last four Harry Potter films as Bellatrix Lestrange .

Family background

Bonham Carter's mother Elena (nee Propper de Callejón) is a psychotherapist. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, was a banker, represented the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC in the 1960s , was regarded as a political speaker and a member of the House of Lords .

The father comes from a well-known British political family: he is the son of the English liberal Sir Maurice Bonham Carter and his wife Violet Bonham Carter . Their father - thus Helena Bonham Carter's great-grandfather - was the British Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith (in office 1908-1916).

The maternal grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón , was a diplomat of Hispanic Jewish descent. His Jewish wife was Hélène Fould-Springer, daughter of the French banker and baron Eugène Fould-Springer and the Austrian industrialist's daughter Marie Cecile von Springer. A sister of Fould-Springers and Bonham Carter's great-aunt was the French philanthropist Liliane de Rothschild (1916-2003), wife of Élie de Rothschild .

Bonham Carter has two brothers, Edward and Thomas, and is a distant cousin of Jane Bonham Carter , fellow actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, and British writer David Pryce-Jones.


Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School , a private girls' school in Hampstead , London. She later continued her education at Westminster School , a private school near the British Parliament . However , she was denied admission to King's College at the University of Cambridge , not because of her performance or test results, but because the school board feared she would drop out in favor of her acting career. After this university decision, she turned completely to acting.

When Bonham Carter was five years old, her mother suffered a nervous breakdown from which she did not recover until three years later. Then she decided to become a psychotherapist. She read Helena's scripts and brought her closer to the psychological background of her characters. Five years after her mother recovered, her father fell ill with an acoustic neuroma , a benign tumor of the vestibulocochlear nerve . As a result of the surgical removal of the tumor, he suffered a stroke at the age of 50 that paralyzed him on one side. Together with her brothers, Bonham Carter helped the mother cope with the resulting change in life. For the film Vom Flying and Other Dreams , she studied the movements and habits of her father.

From 2001 to 2014 Bonham Carter was in a relationship with Tim Burton , whom she met while filming Planet of the Apes . She has two children with him, whose godfather is Johnny Depp , a long-time friend of Tim Burton.


Bonham Carter also in 2011

Bonham Carter won a national writing competition in 1979 and used the prize money to buy into the “Spotlight” drama school. She made her professional acting debut at the age of 16 in a television commercial. She then got a role in the television film It happened at the lake . She had her first leading role in Lady Jane , which was rated differently by the critics. She celebrated her breakthrough as Lucy Honeychurch in Room with a View , which was filmed after Lady Jane , but was published before this.

She appeared as Don Johnson's love Theresa in two episodes of Miami Vice in 1987 . She also auditioned for the role of Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy , but the role was given to Chloe Webb . The role of Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves was also awarded to another actress, Emily Watson , who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance .

After her early films, Bonham Carter was locked into a certain type. She was known as the "Queen of the Corset" and "English Rose" because she mainly played characters from the early 20th century (especially in Merchant Ivory films). But she was later able to assert herself in other roles and with roles in films such as Fight Club , Wallace & Gromit: On the Hunt for the Giant Rabbit and Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Corpse Bride - wedding with a corpse and Big Fish as versatile Establish an actress.

She is fluent in French and had a leading role in the French film Portraits Chinois (1996). In August 2001 she was photographed for Maxim magazine . She played Queen Anne Boleyn for the ITV1 mini series Henry VIII . Her role was restricted because she became pregnant with her first child while filming.

Bonham Carter was a jury member in Cannes in 2006 when The Wind That Shakes the Barley was named best film.

She played the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in the films Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011). She also played Sweeney Todd's enamored accomplice Mrs. Lovett in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical Sweeney Todd , which won nine Tony Awards, and directed by Tim Burton . For her performance, Carter received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy / musical.

Bonham Carter then won the Evening Standard British Film Award for portraying Mrs. Lovett and for the film Conversations with Other Women . In 2009 she received the Empire Award for best actress .

In May 2006 she founded her own clothing line “The Pantaloonies” with swimwear designer Samantha Sage. Her first collection was called “Bloomin 'Bloomers”, and it offers a selection of jackets, tops, hats and harem pants in Victorian style.

Bonham Carter with Colin Firth on the set of
The King's Speech in 2009

In the spring of 2009, Bonham Carter was named one of the ten best British actresses of all time by The Times , alongside Julie Andrews , Helen Mirren , Judi Dench and Audrey Hepburn . Bonham Carter played the author Enid Blyton in a BBC Four television biography in 2009 - the first on-screen depiction of Blyton's life.

In spring 2010 she was seen in German cinemas in the role of the Red Queen in the film Alice in Wonderland . Your portrayal of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon , wife of George VI. , in the drama The King's Speech (2010) earned her her first BAFTA Award in 2011 and again Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress .

Helena Bonham Carter has so far been dubbed mainly by Melanie Pukaß , but also by Susanna Bonaséwicz , Diana Borgwardt , Sandra Schwittau , Vera Teltz , Elisabeth Günther and Anja Rybiczka .

In June she was booked as a model by Marc Jacobs for the autumn / winter 2011 campaign.

In 2012 she stood in front of the camera as the macabre landlady Madame Thenardiér in the film adaptation of the world hit musical Les Misérables . Sacha Baron Cohen played the role of Monsieur Thenardiér . She also played the role of the vengeful Miss Havisham in the drama Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.


Awards and nominations (extract)

Bonham Carter 2011 at the Berlinale
  • Oscar (Academy Award)
    • 1997: Nominated for Best Actress for The Dove's Wings
    • 2011: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The King's Speech
  • Emmy Award
    • 1998: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Merlin
    • 2002: Nominated for Best Actress for Live from Baghdad
    • 2014: Nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie in Burton and Taylor
  • Empire Award
    • 1999: Best British Actress for Fight Club
    • 2001: Nominated for Best British Actress for Planet of the Apes
    • 2007: Best Actress for Sweeney Todd - The Devil Barber from Fleet Street
    • 2010: Nominated for Best Actress for The King's Speech
  • Saturn Award
    • 1994: Nominated for Best Actress for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    • 2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Planet of the Apes
    • 2007: Nominated for Best Actress for Sweeney Todd - The Devilish Barber from Fleet Street
  • Screen Actors Guild Award
    • 1997: Nominated for Best Actress for The Dove's Wings
    • 2010: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The King's Speech
    • 2013: Nominated for Best Actress for Burton and Taylor

Web links

Commons : Helena Bonham Carter  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. The Guardian: Can Bonham Carter bring Blyton back from the dead?
  2. fashion.telegraph.co.uk: Helena Bonham Carter models for Marc Jacobs . Accessed June 17, 2011
  3. London Gazette of December 31, 2011 ( Memento of January 26, 2012 in the Internet Archive )