Helena Bonham-Carter is a British actress, one of the UK’s most successful actresses.
If you’re a fan of her, check out these 26 fun facts about her life, family & career!
Helena Bonham-Carter is 57 years old. She was born on May 26, 1966, in London, England.
She is 5’3″ tall.
Her father is Raymond Bonham-Carter, a merchant banker. Raymond was left paralyzed after the brain surgery that went wrong.
Her mother is Elena Bonham-Carter, a psychotherapist. Elena is paid to read her daughter’s scripts and analyze the characters involved.
She has two brothers; Edward and Thomas.
She is the first cousin to Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter, and a distant cousin to the actor, Crispin Bonham-Carter.
She is a distant cousin to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
She is engaged to the director, Tim Burton. Together they have two children; Billy Ray and Nell.
She met Burton on the set of Planet of the Apes, in 2001.
She never moved in with Burton when they met. Burton bought two adjoining houses in London, where they both lived.
She has starred in seven of Burton’s films; Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.
Her first screen role was as Netty Bellinger in A Pattern of Roses (1983).
Her first stage role was in The Tempest at the Oxford Playhouse.
She auditioned for the role of Sarah in the cult film, Labyrinth. The part went to Jennifer Connelly.
She received an Empire Award for her portrayal of Marla Singer in Fight Club.
She received the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech.
Whilst filming Terminator Salvation, four of her relatives died in a safari crash. She left the film shortly after.
She has voice acted on numerous occasions including; Corpse Bride, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Gruffalo, and The Gruffalo’s Child.
She has a love of Sweeney Todd and underwent vocal training and baking to prepare for the role.
She was denied access to King’s College, Cambridge, for fear she would leave mid-term to act.
She speaks fluent French.
She lived with actor Kenneth Branagh from 1994 to 1999.
She was a member of the Cannes Film Festival Jury in 2006.
She is close friends with politician Nick Clegg, from their school days together.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
She is a patron of the charity Action Duchenne, supporting parents and sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.