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Helena Bonham Carter

Highest Rated:   100% Night Will Fall (2014)
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Birthplace:   London, England
Perhaps the actress most widely identified with corsets and men named Cecil, Helena Bonham Carter was for a long time typecast as an antiquated heroine, no doubt helped by her own brand of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. With a tumble of brown curls (which were, in fact, hair extensions), huge dark eyes, and translucent pale skin, Bonham Carter's looks made her a natural for movies that took place when the sun still shone over the British Empire and the sight of a bare ankle could induce convulsions. However, the actress, once dubbed by critic Richard Corliss "our modern antique goddess," managed to escape from planet Merchant/Ivory and, while still performing in a number of period pieces, eventually became recognized as an actress capable of portraying thoroughly modern characters. Befitting her double-barreled family name, Bonham Carter is a descendant of the British aristocracy, both social and cinematic. The great-granddaughter of P.M. Lord Herbert Asquith and the grandniece of director Anthony Asquith, she was born to a banker father and a Spanish psychotherapist mother on May 26, 1966, in London. Although her heritage may have been defined by wealth and power, Bonham Carter's upbringing was fraught with misfortune, from her father's paralysis following a botched surgery to her mother's nervous breakdown when the actress was in her teens. Bonham Carter has said in interviews that her mother's breakdown first led her to seek work as an actress and she was soon going out on auditions.She made her screen debut in 1985, playing the ill-fated title character of Trevor Nunn's Lady Jane. Starring opposite Cary Elwes as her equally ill-fated lover, Bonham Carter made enough of an impression as the 16th century teen queen to catch the attention of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, who cast her as the protagonist of their 1986 adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room With a View. The film proved a great critical success, winning eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The adulation surrounding it provided its young star with her first real taste of fame, as well as steady work; deciding to concentrate on her acting career, Bonham Carter dropped out of Cambridge University, where she had been enrolled.Unfortunately, although she did indeed work steadily and was able to enhance her reputation as a talented actress, Bonham Carter also became a study in typecasting, going from one period piece to the next. Despite the quality of many of these films, including Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990) and two more E.M. Forster vehicles, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) and Howards End (1992), the actress was left without room to expand her range. One notable exception was Getting It Right, a 1989 comedy in which she played a very modern socialite. Things began to change for Bonham Carter in 1995, when she appeared as Woody Allen's wife in Mighty Aphrodite and then had the title role in Margaret's Museum. Bonham Carter's work in the film prompted observers to note that she seemed to be moving away from her previous roles, and although she still appeared in corset movies -- such as Trevor Nunn's lush 1996 adaptation of Twelfth Night -- she began to enhance her reputation as a thoroughly modern actress. In 1997, she won acclaim for her performance in Iain Softley's adaptation of The Wings of the Dove, scoring a Best Actress Oscar nomination in the process.After playing a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease opposite offscreen partner Kenneth Branagh in the poorly received The Theory of Flight (1998) and appearing with Richard E. Grant in A Merry War (1998), Bonham Carter landed one of her most talked-about roles in David Fincher's 1999 Fight Club. As the object of Brad Pitt's and Edward Norton's desires, the actress exchanged hair extensions and English mannerisms for a shock of spiky hair and American dysfunction, prompting some critics to call her one of the most shocking aspects of a shocking movie. But Bonham

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ocean's Eight
  • Actor
2018
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • The Red Queen
$77.1M 2016
73% Suffragette
  • Edith New
$7.2M 2015
80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet
  • Dr. Clair
2015
83% Cinderella
  • The Fairy Godmother
$183.4M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos
  • Margot Tyrrell
2014
100% Night Will Fall
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield
  • Margot Tyrrell
2014
64% Great Expectations
  • Miss Havisham
$0.3M 2013
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Red Harrington
$89.3M 2013
100% Burton And Taylor
  • Elizabeth Taylor
2013
69% Les Misérables
  • Madame Thenardier
$148.8M 2012
No Score Yet The Gruffalo's Child
  • Mother Squirrel
2012
37% Dark Shadows
  • Dr. Julia Hoffman
$79.8M 2012
No Score Yet Kidtoons: The Gruffalo, Pocoyo & The Wiggles
  • Actor
2012
59% Toast
  • Mrs. Potter
2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
$381.1M 2011
No Score Yet King George VI: The Man Behind The King's Speech
  • Actor
2011
95% The King's Speech
  • Queen Elizabeth
$138.3M 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
$295M 2010
52% Alice in Wonderland
  • Red Queen
$319.4M 2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo
  • The Narrator/Mother Squirrel
2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
$302M 2009
33% Terminator Salvation
  • Dr. Serena Kogan
$125.3M 2009
No Score Yet Enid
  • Actor
2009
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Mrs. Lovett
$53M 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
$292M 2007
No Score Yet Women of Indie Film
  • Actor
2007
64% Sixty Six
  • Esther
2006
74% Conversations With Other Women
  • Woman
2006
No Score Yet Magnificent 7
  • Actor
2005
95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Lady Campanula Tottington
$56.1M 2005
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Corpse Bride
$53.4M 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Mrs. Bucket
$206.2M 2005
No Score Yet Building 'Howards End'
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Women Talking Dirty
  • Cora
2004
77% Big Fish
  • Jenny/The Witch
$66.3M 2003
No Score Yet Henry VIII
  • Anne Boleyn
2003
50% The Heart of Me
  • Dinah
2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us
  • Ruby
2003
100% Live from Baghdad
  • Ingrid Formanek
2002
38% Novocaine
  • Susan Ivey
$1.6M 2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Ari
$178.1M 2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge)
  • Karen Knightly
2000
No Score Yet Carnivale
  • Milly (voice)Milly
2000
79% Fight Club
  • Marla
1999
No Score Yet Passion and Romance: The Wings of the Dove
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything
  • Actor
1999
50% The Theory of Flight
  • Jane
1998
86% A Merry War
  • Rosemary
1998
74% Twelfth Night
  • Olivia
1998
80% Merlin
  • Morgan Le Fey
1998
86% The Wings of the Dove
  • Kate Croy
1997
69% Portraits Chinois
  • Ada
1996
No Score Yet Shadow Play
  • Actor
1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Amanda Winerib
1995
No Score Yet Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex
  • Actor
1995
67% Margaret's Museum
  • Margaret MacNeil
1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Elizabeth
1994
62% Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Caroline Abbott
1994
No Score Yet Mystery! - A Dark Adapted Eye
  • Faith
1994
No Score Yet Dancing Queen, (Rik Mayall Presents Dancing Queen)
  • Actor
1993
92% Howards End
  • Helen Schlegel
$0.2M 1992
76% Hamlet
  • Ophelia
1990
67% Getting It Right
  • Minerva Munday
1989
No Score Yet Francesco
  • Clare
1989
No Score Yet Arms and the Man
  • Raina
1989
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts
  • Serena Staverley
1987
92% Maurice
  • Young Lady at Cricket Match
1987
No Score Yet Vision
  • Jo Marriner
1987
57% Lady Jane
  • Lady Jane Grey
1986
100% A Room With a View
  • Lucy Honeychurch
1985
No Score Yet A Pattern of Roses
  • Actor
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Margot Tyrrell Anne Boleyn
  • 2014
  • 2004
57% Life's Too Short
2011
  • Herself
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Dream Saffy
  • 1994

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