Helena Bonham CarterActor
Born: 26 May 1966
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech
Often seen in a corset in historical roles or in outlandish makeup in dark, eccentric fantasies, British film actress Helena Bonham Carter has also delivered acclaimed portrayals of a poor 20th-century Londoner (The Wings of the Dove
, 1997, Best Actress Oscar nomination) and Queen Elizabeth
(The King's Speech
, 2010, Best Supporting Actress nomination). She was 20 when she landed her first leading role as the short-lived English monarch Lady Jane Grey
, 1986), and now plays Bellatrix Lestrange in the series of films based on the Harry Potter
novels. She has appeared opposite Mel Gibson
, 1990), Woody Allen
, 1995), Brad Pitt
, 1999), and Johnny Depp
, 2007, and Alice in Wonderland
, 2010). Her partner in life since 2001 has been Tim Burton
, director of several of her films. They live in adjoining London apartments, connected by a corridor, and have two children: Billy Ray Burton, born 4 October 2003, and Nell Burton, born 15 December 2007.
Bonham Carter’s great-grandfather, Herbert H. Asquith, was prime minister of England, 1908-1916… Her great-uncle, Anthony Asquith, was a film director whose credits include Pygmalion (1938) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).
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