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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter returns as Death Eater and Lord Voldemort worshiper Bellatrix Lestrange, having originated the role in the 2007 hit Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She will also star as Bellatrix in the two-part film that completes the mega-hit franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, based on the final book in the series.

Her upcoming projects also include Alice in Wonderland, in which she stars as the Red Queen under the direction of Tim Burton, and the BBC television biopic Enid Blyton, in which she will star as the famous children's author.

Bonham Carter has starred in a wide range of film, television and stage projects both in the United States and in her native England. She most recently appeared in the blockbuster actioner Terminator Salvation, directed by McG. Last year, Bonham Carter earned a Golden Globe nomination and won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton's screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Johnny Depp in the title role.

Bonham Carter was previously honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her work in the 1997 romantic period drama The Wings of the Dove, based on the novel by Henry James. Her performance in that film also brought her Best Actress Awards from a number of critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Board of Review and London Film Critics Circle.

She had made her feature film debut in 1986 in the title role of Trevor Nunn's historical biopic Lady Jane. She had barely wrapped production on that film when director James Ivory offered her the lead in A Room with a View, based on the book by E.M. Forster. She went on to receive acclaim in two more screen adaptations of Forster novels: Charles Sturridge's Where Angels Fear to Tread and James Ivory's Howard's End, for which she earned her first BAFTA Award nomination.

Bonham Carter's early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, opposite Mel Gibson; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite; and Twelfth Night, which reunited her with Trevor Nunn. She went on to star in David Fincher's Fight Club, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, as well as the Tim Burton-directed films Big Fish, Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In addition, she has starred in such independent features as Carnivale, Novocaine, The Heart of Me, Till Human Voices Wake Us and Conversations with Other Women.

In 2005, Bonham Carter lent her voice to two animated features: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, in which she played the title role; and the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

On the small screen, Bonham Carter earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the telefilm Live from Baghdad and the miniseries Merlin, and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the miniseries Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald. She also starred as Anne Boleyn in the British miniseries Henry VIII, and as the mother of seven children, including four autistic sons, in the BBC telefilm Magnificent 7.

Bonham Carter's stage credits include productions of The Woman in White, The Chalk Garden, The House of Bernarda Alba and Trelawny of the Wells, to name a few.

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Helena Bonham Carter Facts

BirthdayMay 26, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 4½" (1m64)  How tall is Helena Bonham Carter compared to you?
Awards2011 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (for The King's Speech)

Selected Filmography

The Gruffalo
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Gruffalo's Child
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Page Eight
Fight Club
Planet Of The Apes
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