Oscar Actors: Bonham Carter, Helena

Helena Bonham Carter has lent her talents to a wide array of diverse feature films such as David Fincher’s provocative Fight Club, Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and an Evening Standard Best Actress Award and the dark comedy Novocaine, directed by David Atkins.  
On the last day of filming her screen debut in Trevor Nunn’s Lady Jane, James Ivory offered her the ingenue lead in A Room with a View.  It was the first of a series of roles in E.M. Forster adaptations that would bring her international acclaim and was followed by Charles Sturridge’s Where Angels Fear to Tread and James Ivory’s Howard’s End for which she received a BAFTA nomination.  She played Ophelia in Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, opposite Mel Gibson, and portrayed Elizabeth in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh.  She subsequently appeared as Woody Allen’s wife in Mighty Aphrodite.
For her performance in Ian Softley’s Wings of the Dove, Helena received a Best Actress nomination for an Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.  She received a Canadian Genie Award for Best Actress for Mort Ransen’s Margaret’s Museum and was also Emmy-nominated for her role in Steve Barron’s mini series Merlin. 
Other feature film credits include Hans Canosa’s Conversations with Other Women for which she received an Evening standard best actress award, Burton’s Big Fish in which she played two roles, Jenny and The Witch, Planet of The Apes and Charlie and the chocolate factory.  Michael Petroni’s Till Human Voices Wake Us and the HBO film Live from Baghdad, directed by Mick Jackson, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. Paul Weiland’s Sixty Six, Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s The Heart of Me and McG’s Terminator Salvation. In 2005 Bonham Carter provided the voice for Lady Tottington in Nick Parker’s animated feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and the voice of the Corpse Bride in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation feature Corpse Bride. This year Helena appeared as The Red Queen in Tim Burton’s 3D Imax Experience Alice in Wonderland. She recently completed filming on David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II reprising the role of Bellatrix Lestrange. Both are due for release this Autumn. Bonham Carter’s television appearances include Magnificent 7, inspired by the life of Jacqui Jackson, she plays a mother with seven children, three normal daughters and four sons who are each in one form or another autistic, Dancing Queen, Fatal Deception, A Dark Adapted Eye, Merlin and Henri VIII. Last year she played Enid Blyton in the BBC drama Enid for which she received a BAFTA nomination. Her stage credits include Woman in White, The Chalk Garden, House of Bernarda Alba and Trelawny of the Wells.