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Meet the 2011 Honorees: Helena Bonham Carter

13 July 2011

Recipient of the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2011.

Helena Bonham Carter, a two-time Academy Award® nominee, earned her most recent Oscar® nod for her performance in 2010’s award-winning, true-life drama “The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper. For her portrayal of Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI, she also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, and won BAFTA and British Independent Film Awards.

Bonham Carter also recently garnered 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 2009 screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” opposite Johnny Depp in the title role. In 2010, she reteamed with Burton and Depp for the fantastical adventure hit “Alice in Wonderland,” and they are currently reunited on the thriller “Dark Shadows,” based on the cult classic television series and slated for release in 2012.

Bonham Carter was honored with her first Oscar® nod, as well as Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG 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,” reuniting her with Trevor Nunn.

She went on to star in David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; the Tim Burton-directed films “Big Fish,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; and the actioner “Terminator Salvation,” directed by McG. In addition, she has starred in such independent features as “Novocaine,” “The Heart of Me,” “Till Human Voices Wake Us” and “Conversations with Other Women.” She also lent her voice to the animated features “Carnivale”; Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” in the title role; and the Oscar®-winning “Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

Bonham Carter’s recently starred in “Toast,” directed by SJ Clarkson, where she plays Mrs. Potter, the stepmother of renowned food writer and chef Nigel Slater.

In her current film, Bonham Carter plays Death Eater and fanatical Lord Voldemort devotee Bellatrix Lestrange. She originated the role in the 2007 hit “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and also played Bellatrix in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.”

On the small screen, Bonham Carter earned both 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.” More recently, she starred in the BBC biopic “Enid,” playing renowned children’s storyteller Enid Blyton.
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.

Bonham Carter can be seen next starring as Dr. Julia Hoffman in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” in theatres May 2012.