Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter


5/26/1966, Golders Green, London, England

Birth Name

Helena Bonham Carter



Also Known As

Helena Bonham-Carter, Helena Bonham Carter
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Helena Bonham Carter There are a lot of Bonham Carters, and they have been prominent in English life and well-connected since Victorian times, at least. Helena is the daughter of the Hon. Raymond Bonham Carter, a retired banker who is now seriously disabled by an unsuccessful brain operation,…more


Trivia and Quotes

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  • Quotes

    • Helena: (referring to Planet Of The Apes) It was a challenge to be able to create a character without being able to use one's normal set of expressions. All the rubber and makeup attached to your face left you with only a modest range of facial movements.

    • Helena: (referring to Corpse Bride) The animators are absolutely extraordinary. It's mind-boggling.

    • Helena Bonham Carter: People say, `You're still breast-feeding, that's so generous.' Generous, no! It gives me boobs and it takes my thighs away! It's sort of like natural liposuction. I'd carry on breast-feeding for the rest of my life if I could.

    • Helena Bonham Carter: I hate this image of me as a prim Edwardian. I want to shock everyone.

    • Helena: You can actually have a pitch button, you know, to get people on pitch.

    • Helena: You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They're so not me. That's why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress.

    • Helena: With the number of people I ignore, I'm lucky I work at all in this town.

    • Helena: (About her role in Corpse Bride) What I loved about playing the corpse is that obviously somebody else got to do the physical part. It appeals to the part of me that likes playing character parts and getting the chance to get away from my own physicality.

    • Helena: Usually I'm frustrated when I look at my films and I don't believe that I've made a real transformation beyond my usual sets of gestures and expressions. I still have this nagging feeling that it's me, that I didn't create a unique character.

    • Helena: Tim also has enough confidence so that it always looks like a Tim Burton film, but it really is collaborative. You're allowed to do it your way but of course he's always going to choose his way.

    • Helena: There was a real Corpse Bride, which we still have, which is the original one. She's in really bad shape actually.

    • Helena: The problems come when your personal life and relationships come under scrutiny in the press and often very uncomplimentary things are printed about you.

    • Helena: That's the thing with animated films-I often feel that puppets get the better parts compared to us normal actresses.

    • Helena: That year I was asked to present something at the Oscars with Matthew Broderick. I didn't know what to wear, so I just got a dress from my cupboard, a tulle thing. I shoved a skirt of my mother's underneath it and tied my own bow on the front. It had flair, I suppose, but looked a nightmare.

    • Helena: People have lots of misconceptions about me. My mum, who is half French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I'm called quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90 percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90 percent of my entire career.

    • Helena: No matter how many modern parts I do, people still refer to me as Mrs. Costume Drama. Fight Club is a studio pic, and I've done very few of those. I've got a feeling it's going to change things for me

    • Helena: Multitasking? I can't even do two things at once. I can't even do one thing at once.

    • Helena: Most of my relationships were people in the business. Having said that, me and Tim don't really talk that much about work. He comes into my bit of the house every so often to vent but we don't really have very high, cultured conversations.

    • Helena: Journalists are always calling my features Edwardian or Victorian, whatever that means. I am small, and people were smaller in those times. I'm pale and sickly-looking. I look fragile-like a doll. But sometimes I just wish I had less of a particular look, one that was more versatile.

    • Helena: It's different when you're an actor and playing a part, but when it's just you, you feel immensely vulnerable have strangers prodding and prying.

    • Helena: It would be nice to really shed the corsets.

    • Helena: It took me so many years to move out. I'm definitely a bit of a Peter Pan, reluctant to grow up. It all seemed really nice at home -why change it? Part of me would prefer not to have any responsibility whatsoever.

    • Helena: It didn't matter what you look like. You don't have to get up at 5:30 in the morning and there's a lot to be said for that. Corpse Bride can just play all my parts from now on and I'll just do the voice.

    • Helena: I've always wanted to be in a musical and no one would let me up till now. And so I had these two verses and I've always been an admirer of Danny Elfman and his music. You forget he was in Oingo Boingo.

    • Helena: I'm the kind of actor who has ventured into escaping from me.

    • Helena: (On her role in Corpse Bride) I'm not dead and I don't have blue hair but some people say there are similarities. It is usually intolerable to watch myself onscreen but this time it's fine. I think it's beautiful and a real work of art.

    • Helena: I was sad that Corpse Bride was so short. I would've liked to have had her around for way longer. She doesn't actually have that many scenes.

    • Helena: I was like one of those nauseatingly nice children. I was very, very well behaved and boring.

    • Helena: I think I've still got a bit of a sado-masochistic streak in me, because if I'm not going to be restricted by corsets and covered in lace, then I still wind up wearing an ape-mask over my face. I do wonder how I get myself in these situations!

    • Helena: I love changing what I look like because I always feel super strange whenever I do watch something that I'm in.

    • Helena: I have to struggle to change people's perceptions of me. I grew very frustrated with the perception that I'm this shy, retiring, inhibited aristocratic creature when I'm absolutely not like that at all. I think I'm much more outgoing and exuberant than my image.

    • Helena: I enjoy those small chats you have when people come up and talk to you about your work. It only involves a few seconds of effort to be nice to those people, and I am very grateful for the kind words that people have taken the trouble to express to me in person.

    • Helena: I drink booze, I smoke, and I'm hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked. And I'm not physically repressed!

    • Helena: I don't think kids have a problem with death. It's us older ones who are nearer to it, that start being frightened.

    • Helena: I discovered that my normally hyper personality and movements are completely unsuitable for apes. I was in danger of flunking ape school at first until I began to get in touch with my inner ape!

    • Helena: I definitely like working with the same person twice-and three times and four times-particularly if they're Tim, because he's pretty good. And also, it takes such a long time just to get to know somebody and trust someone and work out how they communicate and what they want.

    • Helena: I also get fed up with the fact that casting agents and directors have this impression of me as being frail and petite. I find it very patronizing. I'm quite beefy and strong. I was a gymnast in school and I have lots of muscles.

    • Helena: Famous people come up to me, but I don't know who they are because my sight is so bad. It's always at the pool of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills when I don't have my lenses in and my glasses are in my room.

    • Helena: Everyone seems to think I'm very ladylike. That I'm very cultured and intelligent. I drink alot of Diet Coke and belch. I've been known to use the F-word. I've told a few dirty jokes. I arm-wrestle.

    • Helena: All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.

    • Helena Bonham Carter: I could play 5,000 drug addicts and I'd still be known as Mrs. Corset Queen.

  • Helen Bonham Carter is an actress like no other.

    Helen Bonham Carter is an actress like no other. Her acting skills are undeniable! The first time I really became aware of her was in Fight Club. Of course I knew her before that but she amazed me; She just looks absolutly fantastic in the movie Fight Club. That movie simply made me want to see all of her movies, which I have, most of them. I appreciate every single performance of her, I think she does a fantatic job. As Bellatrix Lestrange I can't picture anyone who could do a better performance than her. She's just perfect for that role. I also loved her on Sweeney Todd, she has a great voice (which I noticed previously on Corpse Bride). Tim Burton's movies are amazing and I love all the movies Depp and Carter are in (Charlie and the chocolate factory, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd)

    I can't wait to see Carter on the last movies of Harry Potter, which I'm sure she'll do amazingly well. And of course, the most hyped movie, Alice in Wonderland. My expectations regarding that movie are extremely high. I'm sure she won't disappoint.moreless
  • Great!

    I admit, the only acting I have seen her do is in the character of the pyschotic Bellatrix Lestrange in the fifth and sixth Harry Potter movies. As Bellatrix, she is supposed to be driven insane from years with the Dementors in Azkaban and Carter pulls it off beautifully! Of course, her hair, makeup and dress has something to do with it - her appearance is wonderfully crazy but her acting is superb. She makes Bellatrix come to life and I cannot think of anyone better for the role. Seeing Bellatrix played by Carter, I know that I would definitely not want to meet Bellatrix at any time, even if I had not read the books and knew what she was capable of. Watching her in the Harry Potter movies makes me wonder who else she has played and I am curious to see her play someone a little more sane. I can't wait to see more of her acting skills in other productions!moreless