Helena Bonham Carter

Highest Rated: 100% Night Will Fall (2014)
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
50% 55 Steps Eleanor Riese 2018
69% Ocean's 8 Rose Weil 2018
87% 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
77% 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
100% Night Will Fall Actor 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield Margot Tyrrell 2014
68% 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
36% 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
77% 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
82% 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/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
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
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
39% 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
74% 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
90% Maurice Young Lady at Cricket Match 1987
No Score Yet Vision Jo Marriner 1987
50% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Margot Tyrrell Anne Boleyn
  • 2014
  • 2004
53% Life's Too Short
2011
Herself
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
72% 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
  • 1988
  • 1987
90% The Crown
2016-2017
Princess Margaret

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