Helena Bonham Carter

We all remember Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix in Harry Potter or as The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland or as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and often working with Johnny Depp, but there is a lot more about her and her private life had quite unexpected turns.

helena-bonham-carter-alice-in-wonderlandBorn in Islington, London, on the 26th of May 1966, she has got in her DNA diplomatic,
political and “financial” blood as his father used to be a merchant banker, her paternal grandmother was the icon feminist and politician, during War Word I, Helen Violet Bonham Carter and her maternal grandfather was the Spanish diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón who helped thousands of Jews to escape during War World II.


Early life and career

She is the youngest of 3 children and her relationship with her mother, from the early years of her life, is one of the keys to her success. When Helena Bonham Carter was only 5 years old, her mother Elena had a severe nervous breakdown from which she managed to recover only 3 years later, thank to intense psychotherapy sessions that led her to become a psychotherapist herself and help Helena in understanding the characters’ psychological motivations in the script of all her movies.

helena-bonham-carter-wallpapers-31When she was about 14 years old, her father had a stroke as a complication of a surgery to remove a tumour, which left him paralysed and using a wheelchair. She was the only one out of the 3 children staying at home with her mother to help her to cope with the situation as the other 2 were off to college. She used her father movements, after the stroke, as inspiration for the film The Theory of Flight, in which she was a temper woman in a wheelchair herself.

Helena Bonham Carter was rejected by the King’s College of Cambridge because her passion for acting was so strong, that the college officials were afraid that she would leave her course before graduation.

She started her career in the mid 80es with A room a view, Lady Jane and few episode in the American series Miami Vice as Don Johnson’s girlfriend.

fightclubIn 1999 she played Marla in Fight Club, a film based on a Chuck Palahnuik novel, starring Brad Pitt and Eduard Norton and directed by David Fincher, that only, later on, became a cult with the DVD release.


Personal life and Career from 2000 

In 2001 she met for the first time Tim Burton on the set of Planet of the Apes and from that moment they became involved either in a personal and professional level.

The pair, in fact, started a relationship that ended 13 years and 2 children later in 2014 and often worked together as a trio with Johnny Depp who is Bill’s godfather, one of the children that Tim and Helena had together.

In 2005 she is in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton, which was a box office success with a gross of circa $475 million worldwide.

Her Mrs. Lovett interpretation in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007, another film directed by Tim Burton and starring again Johnny Depp, led her in winning the Best Actress award in 2007 at Evening Standard British Film Awards.

From 2007 to 2011 she was in Harry Potter as Bellatrix and even though she had amazing reviews for her role, the critic didn’t fail to underline that her talent has been “underused” in this occasion.

In 2009 she was listed by The Times as one of the 10 British Actresses of all time along with Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Audrey Hepburn.

dark_shadows_posters2Helena Bonham Carter appeared in Dark Shadows in 2012, an American horror gothic comedy, another Tim Burton movie, along with Michelle Pfeiffer, as Dr. Julia Hoffman, a pulp character who brings spirit and colours to the comedy as a modern female antagonist of the “old style” Barnabas Collins.
A brilliant interpretation in which she appears like the viveur and nutter auntie that everybody would like to have!

helena-bonham-carter2And in 2013 she is finally the leading character in Burton and Taylor (Richard Burton, not Tim!) with co-star Dominic West, interpreting Elisabeth Taylor  preparing a for a 1983 theatrical production of the play “Private Lives” with the love of her life, ex-boyfriend Richard, engaged and finally married to another woman. An interesting drama-comedy-gossip about the difficult relationship between the two ex-lovers who find themselves closely working together for months.

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton relationship

Met in 2001 on the set of Planet of the Apes, this 2 genius with eccentric and quirky personalities, managed to stay together for 13 years living in two different, but adjoined, houses, making 2 children and 7 successful movies. They have never married but they were deeply madly in love, it has been just a case of two unconventional people living their relationship with different “rules”, staying truthful to themselves and respecting their differences.

tim-burton-split-3They tried for a baby for 2 years and considering IVF, in vitro fertilisation, before her first natural pregnancy. They finally managed to have 2 children, one boy and a girl, now 7 and 11.

Apparently casting Helena through all these years had caused to Tim great embarrassment because of their personal romance but, as they still get along very well, she admitted: “It might be easier to work together without being together anymore”.

Helena is not only a great British actress, Tim Burton ex’s and a mother of two, but she is also a powerful and opinionated public woman who got involved through the years in various social battles herself.
For example, in the last couple of years, she embraced 2 major causes: she was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in August 2014 and in May 2016, Bonham Carter was one of the hundreds of public figures who signed an open letter supporting the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European Union.

Credits: Wikipedia, DailyMail, Imdb

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