Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

Highest Rated: 100% Night Will Fall (2014)

Lowest Rated: 25% Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003)

Birthday: May 26, 1966

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

Credit
No Score Yet Enola Holmes Eudoria Holmes 2020
No Score Yet Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice (Tintoretto. Un ribelle a Venezia) Actor 2020
No Score Yet Dragonheart: Vengeance Siveth (voice) Siveth 2020
50% 55 Steps Eleanor Riese 2018
69% Ocean's 8 Rose Weil 2018
89% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Margaret Conroy 2018
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass The Red Queen $77.1M 2016
73% Suffragette Edith New $7.2M 2015
76% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet Dr. Clair 2015
84% Cinderella The Fairy Godmother $183.4M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos Margot Tyrrell 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield Margot Tyrrell 2014
100% Night Will Fall Actor 2014
68% Great Expectations Miss Havisham $0.3M 2013
30% 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
35% Dark Shadows Dr. Julia Hoffman $79.8M 2012
No Score Yet Kidtoons: The Gruffalo, Pocoyo & The Wiggles Actor 2012
62% 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
94% The King's Speech Queen Elizabeth $138.4M 2010
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Bellatrix Lestrange $295M 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland Red Queen $319.4M 2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo The Narrator/Mother Squirrel 2009
83% 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
85% 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
65% 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
84% 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
75% Big Fish Jenny/Wied?ma Jenny/The Witch $66.3M 2003
No Score Yet Henry VIII Anne Boleyn 2003
48% The Heart of Me Dinah 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us Ruby 2003
88% Live from Baghdad Ingrid Formanek 2002
38% Novocaine Susan Ivey $1.6M 2001
44% 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
83% A Merry War Rosemary 1998
76% Twelfth Night Olivia 1998
82% Merlin Morgan Le Fey 1998
84% 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
38% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Elizabeth 1994
64% 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
94% 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
88% Maurice Young Lady at Cricket Match 1987
No Score Yet Vision Jo Marriner 1987
56% 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

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100% My Grandparents' War
2019
2019
89% The Crown
2016
Princess Margaret 2019
88% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
All-Maudra 2019
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2019
2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Margot Tyrrell Anne Boleyn 2014
2004
53% Life's Too Short
2011
Herself 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2011
68% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing 2007
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Faith Faith Severn 1995
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Dream Saffy 1994
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Theresa 1987
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest

QUOTES FROM Helena Bonham Carter CHARACTERS

The Red Queen says: Don't abandon me when I'm sulking.

Madame Thenardier says: Master of the house, isn't worth my spit. Comforter, philosopher, and lifelong shit

Victoria Winters says: You're the doctor

Victoria Winters says: You're the doctor.

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Yes. And you're the nanny and she's the bitch

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Yes. And you're the nanny and she's the bitch.

Jane Hatchard says: Ah, just so you ah know, Richard. Ah I think you are a ah complete dickhead.

Marla Singer says: I haven't been fucked like that since gradeschool.

Corpse Bride says: Pardon my enthusiasm.

Victor Van Dort says: I like your enthusiasm.

Red Harrington says: What's with the mask.?

Red Harrington says: What's with the mask?

Bellatrix Lestrange says: You filthy mudblood

Bellatrix Lestrange says: You filthy mudblood.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: You stupid elf, you could have killed me!

Dobby says: Dobby never meant to kill, Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.

Jenny says: I loved a man who could never love me back. I was livin' in a fairytale.

Barnabas Collins says: [Barnabus stares at a lava lamp] What is that thing?

Barnabas Collins says: What is that thing?

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: It's a lamp.

Barnabas Collins says: It looks like a pulsating blood urn!

Thernardier says: Let's not haggle for darling Colette!

Madame Thenardier says: (SOFTLY) Cosette!

Madame Thenardier says: Cosette!

Thernardier says: Cosette.

Anthony Hope says: Mr. Todd you have to help me! Mr. Todd, please!

Sweeney Todd says: Out.

Anthony Hope says: Mr. Todd!

Sweeney Todd says: OUT!!

Sweeney Todd says: No I had him! His throat was bare beneath my hand. No I had him! His throat was there and now he'll never come again

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Easy now, hush love hush I keep telling you - Whats your rush?

Sweeney Todd says: When? Why do I wait? You told me to wait - Now he'll never come again. There's a hole in the world like a great black pit And it's filled with people who are filled with shit! And the vermin of the world inhabit it. But not for long... They all deserve to die. Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why. Because in all of the whole human race Mrs. Lovett, there are two kinds of men and only two There's the one staying put in his proper place And the one with his foot in the other one's face Look at me, Mrs Lovett, look at you.

Thernardier says: Everybody raise a glass!

Madame Thenardier says: Raise it up the master arse!

Mrs. Bucket says: Oh well, nothing goes better with cabbage than cabbage.

Thernardier says: Everybody raise a glass!

Thénardier says: Everybody raise a glass!

Madame Thenardier says: Raise it up the master's ass!

Madame Thenardier says: Raise it up the master's arse!

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Every year I get half as pretty and twice as drunk.

Corpse Bride says: You're married to me! She's the other woman!

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Who the hell is this?

Ari says: One day, I'll tell a story, and some will say it was just a fairy tale, about a human who came from the stars and changed our world.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: I killed Sirius Black!

White Queen says: We don't have to fight.

Red Queen says: I know what you're doing. You think you can blink those pretty little eyes and I'll melt, just like Mummy and Daddy did.

White Queen says: Please.

Red Queen says: No! It is my crown! I am the eldest! Jabberwocky!

Alice says: This is impossible.

The Mad Hatter says: Only if you believe it is.

Red Queen says: It is far better to be feared than loved.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: I love you. I'd be twice the wife she was. I love you. Could that thing have cared for you like me?

Corpse Bride says: If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain. In the ice or in the sun, it's all the same. Yet I feel my heart is aching. Though it doesn't beat, it's breaking. And the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it's not real. I know that I dead, yet it seems that I still have some tears to shed.

Kate Croy says: You're still in love with her.

Merton Densher says: I was never in love with her.

Kate Croy says: While she was alive, no.

Merton Densher says: I'm sorry, Kate. I'm so sorry.

Kate Croy says: Every time she looks at you, and every time she smiles, don't forget I love you more.

Merton Densher says: You want me to seduce a dying girl? And you really think she'll just leave me all her money.

Kate Croy says: Yes.

Merton Densher says: Why?

Kate Croy says: Because I know her. I know how she loves.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: these are probably the worst pies in london... if you dont believe me go ahead take a bite....

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: These are probably the worst pies in london... if you dont believe me go ahead take a bite...

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Barnabus, have you ever heard of doctor-patient confidentiality?

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Every year I get older I get half as pretty and twice as drunk!

Barnabas Collins says: A woman doctor... what an age this is!

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Is he for real?

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Lawyer's rather nice.

Sweeney Todd says: If it's for a price.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Order something else, though to follow since no one should swallow it twice.

Sweeney Todd says: Anything that's lean?

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Well then if you're British and loyal you might enjoy Royal Marine. Anyway it's clean, though of course it tastes of wherever it's been.

Sweeney Todd says: Is that Squire on the fire?

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Mercy no sir look closer you'll notice it's Grocer.

Sweeney Todd says: Looks thicker, more like Vicar.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: No it has to be Grocer. It's green.

Corpse Bride says: I spent so long in the darkness....I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is!

Corpse Bride says: I spent so long in the darkness... I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is!

Victor Van Dort says: Victoria!

Victoria Everglot says: Victor? I'm so happy to see you!! Here, come by the fire. Where have you been? Are you all right?

Victor Van Dort says: I....I...oh, dear.

Victoria Everglot says: You're as cold as death! What's happened to you? Your coat!

Victor Van Dort says: Victoria, I confess. This morning I was...terrified of marriage. But then, on meeting you, I....felt I should be with you always, and that out wedding could not come soon enough!

Victoria Everglot says: Victor....I feel the same....

Victor Van Dort says: Victoria, I s-s... I seem to find myself married. And you should know it's unexpected!

Corpse Bride says: My darling, I just wanted to meet.....darling! Who's this?

Victoria Everglot says: Who is she?!

Corpse Bride says: I'm his wife.

Victoria Everglot says: Victor?

Victor Van Dort says: Victoria, wait, you don't understand. She's dead. Look!

Corpse Bride says: Hopscotch!

Victor Van Dort says: No, no! VICTORIAAAAA!!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: The boy... is he dead?

Narcissa Malfoy says: [Leaning into Harry] Is he alive? Draco, is he alive?

Narcissa Malfoy says: [after Harry nods] Dead.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: I was thinking flowers, maybe daisies, to brighten up the room... Do you think that flowers, pretty daisies, could relieve the gloom?

Narrator says: When people think you're dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just...

Marla Singer says: instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?

Marla Singer says: Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?

Dr. Julia Hoffman says: Is she for real?

Barnabas Collins says: INDEED!

Charlotte Bartlet says: I shall never forgive myself.

Lucy Honeychurch says: You always say that, Charlotte. And then you always do forgive yourself.

Lucy Honeychurch says: I dont want to be a Leonardo I want to be myself!

Ingrid Formanek says: Well f**k me with a hot poker!

Queen Elizabeth says: I intend to be a very great queen...to a very great king.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Did you come here for a pie, sir?

Bellatrix Lestrange says: YOU IDIOT! You almost killed me!

Dobby says: Dobby did not mean to kill! Just to maim or seriously injure!

Victor Van Dort says: Don't you understand? You're the other woman.

Corpse Bride says: No! You're married to me! She's the other woman! *cries*

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: For a minute there i thought you lost your marbles.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: For a moment there I thought you lost your marbles.

Marla Singer says: I haven't been F***ed like that since grade school.

Marla Singer says: I haven't been f***ed like that since grade school.

Red Queen says: [shouting loudly] Fat boys!

Red Queen says: Ah, there they are. Speak boys, amuse us!

TweedleDee/TweedleDum says: [gesture at each other silently]

Red Queen says: Speak!

Red Queen says: I need a pig here! [pig slides in front of chair, she puts her feet on it.]

Red Queen says: I love a warm pig belly for my aching feet. [Looks at Alice] Would you like one, Um?

Alice says: No thank you.

Red Queen says: Sit.

Alice says: [looks down at a monkeys holding a cushion]

Red Queen says: Sit! [Alice sits.]

Red Queen says: [to others in the room] Go away!

Dad says: Thanks for the cake Nigel. Lovely gesture.

Mrs. Potter says: It's really not that bad for the first attempt.

Marla Singer says: A condom is the glass slipper for our generation. You slip one on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, and then you throw it away. The condom, I mean, not the stranger

Marla Singer says: ...Condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip one on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night... then you throw it away. The condom, I mean, not the stranger.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: (as Hermione) I would like to enter my vault!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: [as Hermione] I wish to enter my vault.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: I don't like to be kept waiting!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: [as Hermione] I don't like to be kept waiting!

Red Queen says: Off with his Head!!!!

Red Queen says: Off with his head!

Death Eater says: Madame Lestrange.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: Good morning!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: You stupid elf! You could have killed me!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: Well, well, well, look what we have here. It's Harry Potter. He's all bright, and shiny, and new again, just in time for the Dark Lord.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK! I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK!

Bellatrix Lestrange says: I killed Sirius Black! I killed Sirius Black!

Marla Singer says: You are like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Jackass

Marla Singer says: You're Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jackass!

Sweeney Todd says: fifteen years. I've sweated in a living hell on a false charge. Fifteen years dreaming I might come home to a wife and child.

Sweeney Todd says: 15 years sweating, and living hell, for a false charge. 15 years dreaming I might come home to a wife and child.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Well, I can't say the years have been particularly kind to you, Mr. Barker.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Well, I can't say the years have been particularly kind to you, Mr. Barker.

Sweeney Todd says: no not Barker. that man is dead It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd. And he will have his revenge.

Sweeney Todd says: No, not Barker. That man is dead. It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd, and he will have his revenge.

Red Queen says: Someone has stolen three of my tarts!

Red Queen says: (talking about Stayne).. He tired to kill me!

Red Queen says: (talking about Stayne) He tired to kill me!

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Mrs. Mooney has a pie shop, / Does a business, but I noticed something weird: / Lately all her neighbor's cats have disappeared. / Have to hand it to her, / What I calls / Enterprise / Popping pussies into pies. / Wouldn't do in my shop; / Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick. / And I'm telling you, them pussycats is quick.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Mrs. Mooney has a pie shop. Does a business, but I noticed something weird. Lately all her neighbor's cats have disappeared. Have to hand it to her. What I calls Enterprise. Popping pussies into pies. Wouldn't do in my shop. Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick. And I'm telling you, them pussycats is quick.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: [sings about Benjamin Barker] He had this wife, you see, / Pretty little thing. / Silly little nit / Had her chance for the moon on a string... / Poor thing. Poor thing. / There was this Judge, you see, / Wanted her like mad. / Every day he'd send her a flower, / But did she come down from her tower? / Sat up there and sobbed by the hour, / Poor fool. / Ah, but there was worse yet to come... / Poor thing.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: [sings about Benjamin Barker] He had this wife, you see, Pretty little thing. Silly little nit. Had her chance for the moon on a string. Poor thing. Poor thing. There was this Judge, you see, Wanted her like mad. Every day he'd send her a flower, But did she come down from her tower? Sat up there and sobbed by the hour, Poor fool. Ah, but there was worse yet to come. Poor thing.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: (talking about Toby).. So what are we gonna do about the boy?

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: (talking about Toby) So what are we gonna do about the boy?

Sweeney Todd says: Send him up!

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: No, Mr. T. Surely one's enough for today. Besides, I was thinking of hiring the lad to help me run the shop. Your poor knees aren't what they used to be.

Sweeney Todd says: All right.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: Of course, we're gonna have to stock up on the gin. Boy's drinking like a sailor.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: (to Sweeney) We could have a life, us two. Maybe not like I dreamed. Maybe not like you remember. But we could get by.

Corpse Bride says: I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.

Corpse Bride says: I was a bride. My dreams were taken from me. But now - now I've stolen them from someone else. I love you, Victor, but you are not mine.

Corpse Bride says: Isn't the view beautiful? It takes my breath away. Well, it would if I had any.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: Consider yourself lucky, goblin.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: (Turns to Hermione, who is lying on the floor) The same won't be said for this one.

Ron Wesley says: Like hell.

Bellatrix Lestrange says: [singing] I killed Sirius Black!

Lucy Honeychurch says: Mother doesn't like me playing Beethoven. She says I'm always peevish afterwards.

Mrs. Bucket says: Oh well, nothing goes better with cabbage than cabbage.

Red Queen says: Off with their heads!

Mrs. Nellie Lovett says: That lad is drinking me out o' house an' home.