Creator: Helena Bonham-Carter
"Helena Bonham Carter is incapable of uttering a single word without charm, unless she has to for a role."Helena Bonham-Carter, CBE
(May 26, 1966-) is an acclaimed and versatile English actress who, for the past decade, has been better known as Tim Burton
's (former) girlfriend/leading lady in everything
. They met while he was directing The Remake
of Planet of the Apes
in 2001, eventually marrying and having two children together until December 2014, when they announced their intentions to separate. Before that, she was briefly Kenneth Branagh
's girlfriend/leading lady; although they only made one film during the relationship (not counting Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
, which was made before they got together). She is the great-granddaughter of British Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith
Filmography (in alphabetical order):
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Quite a few of the characters she's played have been described/portrayed as hideous in the original book/play, and then she gets cast as them in the film versions. See Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, and Les Misérables.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Gets typecast into this role fairly often. See Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Fight Club.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita Clothing: Sometimes wears clothes inspired by this style, especially in films where she plays a darker character (Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland).
- English Rose: Some of her older roles. Still gets these now and then (e.g. as Queen Elizabeth—granted, the Queen Mum was actually Scottish, but she played her as a grown-up English Rose).
- Fake American: In Fight Club, Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: She was pregnant during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This is why she spends parts of those movies hiding behind the furniture, and her costume seems to change size and shape.
- Large Ham: Whenever she plays a villainess.
- Mean Character Nice Actor: Some of her roles have her playing very nasty, cruel and unlikeable characters (Fight Club and Harry Potter stand out). She is, of course, absolutely incapable of being close to any of those traits.
- Older Than They Look: Would you believe she's in her late forties?
- Type Casting: Once upon a time, she was most famous for playing rosy-cheeked ingénues?note Breaking out of one type (read: Fight Club) led to it becoming her new type!
- With hindsight, her performance as the scheming Kate Croy in 1997's The Wings of the Dove — complete with a healthy dose of Fanservice — was the moment that critics noticed that she was starting to rise above typecasting. Fight Club, two years later, merely sealed the deal, albeit with a resounding slam.
- Her role in the live action version of Cinderella seems to be this. She's playing the Fairy Godmother, without a touch of irony.
- Playing with Character Type: Her portrayal of Elizabeth in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is sort of a merger of her two well-known types (before her second one had been established).
- What Could Have Been: Was nearly cast as Sarah in Jim Henson's Labyrinth. Was also the first choice for Bess in Breaking The Waves but dropped out due to personal problems with the film's ending. She was one of the actresses considered for the lead role in Bridget Jones's Diary, so if she had that role she could've starred in two movies with Colin Firth as her paramour.