Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

  • Highest Rated: 100% Night Will Fall (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003)
  • Birthday: May 26, 1966
  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Perhaps the actress most widely identified with corsets and men named Cecil, Helena Bonham Carter was for a long time typecast as an antiquated heroine, no doubt helped by her own brand of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. With a tumble of brown curls (which were, in fact, hair extensions), huge dark eyes, and translucent pale skin, Bonham Carter's looks made her a natural for movies that took place when the sun still shone over the British Empire and the sight of a bare ankle could induce convulsions. However, the actress, once dubbed by critic Richard Corliss "our modern antique goddess," managed to escape from planet Merchant/Ivory and, while still performing in a number of period pieces, eventually became recognized as an actress capable of portraying thoroughly modern characters. Befitting her double-barreled family name, Bonham Carter is a descendant of the British aristocracy, both social and cinematic. The great-granddaughter of P.M. Lord Herbert Asquith and the grandniece of director Anthony Asquith, she was born to a banker father and a Spanish psychotherapist mother on May 26, 1966, in London. Although her heritage may have been defined by wealth and power, Bonham Carter's upbringing was fraught with misfortune, from her father's paralysis following a botched surgery to her mother's nervous breakdown when the actress was in her teens. Bonham Carter has said in interviews that her mother's breakdown first led her to seek work as an actress and she was soon going out on auditions.She made her screen debut in 1985, playing the ill-fated title character of Trevor Nunn's Lady Jane. Starring opposite Cary Elwes as her equally ill-fated lover, Bonham Carter made enough of an impression as the 16th century teen queen to catch the attention of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, who cast her as the protagonist of their 1986 adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room With a View. The film proved a great critical success, winning eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The adulation surrounding it provided its young star with her first real taste of fame, as well as steady work; deciding to concentrate on her acting career, Bonham Carter dropped out of Cambridge University, where she had been enrolled.Unfortunately, although she did indeed work steadily and was able to enhance her reputation as a talented actress, Bonham Carter also became a study in typecasting, going from one period piece to the next. Despite the quality of many of these films, including Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990) and two more E.M. Forster vehicles, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) and Howards End (1992), the actress was left without room to expand her range. One notable exception was Getting It Right, a 1989 comedy in which she played a very modern socialite. Things began to change for Bonham Carter in 1995, when she appeared as Woody Allen's wife in Mighty Aphrodite and then had the title role in Margaret's Museum. Bonham Carter's work in the film prompted observers to note that she seemed to be moving away from her previous roles, and although she still appeared in corset movies -- such as Trevor Nunn's lush 1996 adaptation of Twelfth Night -- she began to enhance her reputation as a thoroughly modern actress. In 1997, she won acclaim for her performance in Iain Softley's adaptation of The Wings of the Dove, scoring a Best Actress Oscar nomination in the process.After playing a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease opposite offscreen partner Kenneth Branagh in the poorly received The Theory of Flight (1998) and appearing with Richard E. Grant in A Merry War (1998), Bonham Carter landed one of her most talked-about roles in David Fincher's 1999 Fight Club. As the object of Brad Pitt's and Edward Norton's desires, the actress exchanged hair extensions and English mannerisms for a shock of spiky hair and American dysfunction, prompting some critics to call her one of the most shocking aspects of a shocking movie. But Bonham

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

50% 55 Steps Eleanor Riese 2018
69% Ocean's 8 Rose Weil 2018
88% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Margaret Conroy 2018
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass The Red Queen $77.1M 2016
73% Suffragette Edith New $7.2M 2015
76% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet Dr. Clair 2015
85% Cinderella The Fairy Godmother $183.4M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos Margot Tyrrell 2014
100% Night Will Fall Actor 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield Margot Tyrrell 2014
68% Great Expectations Miss Havisham $0.3M 2013
31% The Lone Ranger Red Harrington $89.3M 2013
100% Burton And Taylor Elizabeth Taylor 2013
69% Les Misérables Madame Thenardier $148.8M 2012
No Score Yet The Gruffalo's Child Mother Squirrel 2012
36% Dark Shadows Dr. Julia Hoffman $79.8M 2012
No Score Yet Kidtoons: The Gruffalo, Pocoyo & The Wiggles Actor 2012
62% Toast Mrs. Potter 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Bellatrix Lestrange $381.1M 2011
No Score Yet King George VI: The Man Behind The King's Speech Actor 2011
95% The King's Speech Queen Elizabeth $138.4M 2010
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Bellatrix Lestrange $295M 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland Red Queen $319.4M 2010
No Score Yet The Gruffalo The Narrator/Mother Squirrel 2009
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix Lestrange $302M 2009
33% Terminator Salvation Dr. Serena Kogan $125.3M 2009
No Score Yet Enid Actor 2009
85% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett $53M 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Bellatrix Lestrange $292M 2007
No Score Yet Women of Indie Film Actor 2007
65% Sixty Six Esther 2006
74% Conversations With Other Women Woman 2006
No Score Yet Magnificent 7 Actor 2005
95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Lady Campanula Tottington $56.1M 2005
84% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Corpse Bride $53.4M 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Bucket $206.2M 2005
No Score Yet Building 'Howards End' Actor 2005
No Score Yet Women Talking Dirty Cora 2004
75% Big Fish Jenny/The Witch $66.3M 2003
No Score Yet Henry VIII Anne Boleyn 2003
48% The Heart of Me Dinah 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us Ruby 2003
88% Live from Baghdad Ingrid Formanek 2002
38% Novocaine Susan Ivey $1.6M 2001
44% Planet of the Apes Ari $178.1M 2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge) Karen Knightly 2000
No Score Yet Carnivale Milly (voice) Milly 2000
79% Fight Club Marla 1999
No Score Yet Passion and Romance: The Wings of the Dove Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything Actor 1999
50% The Theory of Flight Jane 1998
83% A Merry War Rosemary 1998
76% Twelfth Night Olivia 1998
82% Merlin Morgan Le Fey 1998
84% The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy 1997
69% Portraits Chinois Ada 1996
No Score Yet Shadow Play Actor 1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite Amanda Winerib 1995
No Score Yet Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex Actor 1995
67% Margaret's Museum Margaret MacNeil 1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Elizabeth 1994
64% Where Angels Fear to Tread Caroline Abbott 1994
No Score Yet Mystery! - A Dark Adapted Eye Faith 1994
No Score Yet Dancing Queen, (Rik Mayall Presents Dancing Queen) Actor 1993
94% Howards End Helen Schlegel $0.2M 1992
74% Hamlet Ophelia 1990
67% Getting It Right Minerva Munday 1989
No Score Yet Francesco Clare 1989
No Score Yet Arms and the Man Raina 1989
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts Serena Staverley 1987
90% Maurice Young Lady at Cricket Match 1987
No Score Yet Vision Jo Marriner 1987
50% Lady Jane Lady Jane Grey 1986
100% A Room With a View Lucy Honeychurch 1985
No Score Yet A Pattern of Roses Actor 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% The Crown
2016
Princess Margaret
  • 2019
86% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
All-Maudra
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Margot Tyrrell Anne Boleyn
  • 2014
  • 2004
53% Life's Too Short
2011
Herself
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Faith Faith Severn
  • 1995
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Dream Saffy
  • 1994
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Theresa
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Helena Bonham Carter CHARACTERS

The Red Queen
Don't abandon me when I'm sulking.
Madame Thenardier
Master of the house, isn't worth my spit. Comforter, philosopher, and lifelong shit
Victoria Winters
You're the doctor
Victoria Winters
You're the doctor.
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Yes. And you're the nanny and she's the bitch
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Yes. And you're the nanny and she's the bitch.
Jane Hatchard
Ah, just so you ah know, Richard. Ah I think you are a ah complete dickhead.
Marla Singer
I haven't been fucked like that since gradeschool.
Corpse Bride
Pardon my enthusiasm.
Victor Van Dort
I like your enthusiasm.
Red Harrington
What's with the mask.?
Red Harrington
What's with the mask?
Bellatrix Lestrange
You filthy mudblood
Bellatrix Lestrange
You filthy mudblood.
Bellatrix Lestrange
You stupid elf, you could have killed me!
Dobby
Dobby never meant to kill, Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.
Jenny
I loved a man who could never love me back. I was livin' in a fairytale.
Barnabas Collins
[Barnabus stares at a lava lamp] What is that thing?
Barnabas Collins
What is that thing?
Dr. Julia Hoffman
It's a lamp.
Barnabas Collins
It looks like a pulsating blood urn!
Thernardier
Let's not haggle for darling Colette!
Madame Thenardier
(SOFTLY) Cosette!
Madame Thenardier
Cosette!
Thernardier
Cosette.
Anthony Hope
Mr. Todd you have to help me! Mr. Todd, please!
Sweeney Todd
Out.
Anthony Hope
Mr. Todd!
Sweeney Todd
OUT!!
Sweeney Todd
No I had him! His throat was bare beneath my hand. No I had him! His throat was there and now he'll never come again
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Easy now, hush love hush I keep telling you - Whats your rush?
Sweeney Todd
When? Why do I wait? You told me to wait - Now he'll never come again. There's a hole in the world like a great black pit And it's filled with people who are filled with shit! And the vermin of the world inhabit it. But not for long... They all deserve to die. Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why. Because in all of the whole human race Mrs. Lovett, there are two kinds of men and only two There's the one staying put in his proper place And the one with his foot in the other one's face Look at me, Mrs Lovett, look at you.
Thernardier
Everybody raise a glass!
Madame Thenardier
Raise it up the master arse!
Mrs. Bucket
Oh well, nothing goes better with cabbage than cabbage.
Thernardier
Everybody raise a glass!
Thénardier
Everybody raise a glass!
Madame Thenardier
Raise it up the master's ass!
Madame Thenardier
Raise it up the master's arse!
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Every year I get half as pretty and twice as drunk.
Corpse Bride
You're married to me! She's the other woman!
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Who the hell is this?
Ari
One day, I'll tell a story, and some will say it was just a fairy tale, about a human who came from the stars and changed our world.
Bellatrix Lestrange
I killed Sirius Black!
White Queen
We don't have to fight.
Red Queen
I know what you're doing. You think you can blink those pretty little eyes and I'll melt, just like Mummy and Daddy did.
White Queen
Please.
Red Queen
No! It is my crown! I am the eldest! Jabberwocky!
Alice
This is impossible.
The Mad Hatter
Only if you believe it is.
Red Queen
It is far better to be feared than loved.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
I love you. I'd be twice the wife she was. I love you. Could that thing have cared for you like me?
Corpse Bride
If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain. In the ice or in the sun, it's all the same. Yet I feel my heart is aching. Though it doesn't beat, it's breaking. And the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it's not real. I know that I dead, yet it seems that I still have some tears to shed.
Kate Croy
You're still in love with her.
Merton Densher
I was never in love with her.
Kate Croy
While she was alive, no.
Merton Densher
I'm sorry, Kate. I'm so sorry.
Kate Croy
Every time she looks at you, and every time she smiles, don't forget I love you more.
Merton Densher
You want me to seduce a dying girl? And you really think she'll just leave me all her money.
Kate Croy
Yes.
Merton Densher
Why?
Kate Croy
Because I know her. I know how she loves.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
these are probably the worst pies in london... if you dont believe me go ahead take a bite....
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
These are probably the worst pies in london... if you dont believe me go ahead take a bite...
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Barnabus, have you ever heard of doctor-patient confidentiality?
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Every year I get older I get half as pretty and twice as drunk!
Barnabas Collins
A woman doctor... what an age this is!
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Is he for real?
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Lawyer's rather nice.
Sweeney Todd
If it's for a price.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Order something else, though to follow since no one should swallow it twice.
Sweeney Todd
Anything that's lean?
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Well then if you're British and loyal you might enjoy Royal Marine. Anyway it's clean, though of course it tastes of wherever it's been.
Sweeney Todd
Is that Squire on the fire?
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Mercy no sir look closer you'll notice it's Grocer.
Sweeney Todd
Looks thicker, more like Vicar.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
No it has to be Grocer. It's green.
Corpse Bride
I spent so long in the darkness....I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is!
Corpse Bride
I spent so long in the darkness... I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is!
Victor Van Dort
Victoria!
Victoria Everglot
Victor? I'm so happy to see you!! Here, come by the fire. Where have you been? Are you all right?
Victor Van Dort
I....I...oh, dear.
Victoria Everglot
You're as cold as death! What's happened to you? Your coat!
Victor Van Dort
Victoria, I confess. This morning I was...terrified of marriage. But then, on meeting you, I....felt I should be with you always, and that out wedding could not come soon enough!
Victoria Everglot
Victor....I feel the same....
Victor Van Dort
Victoria, I s-s... I seem to find myself married. And you should know it's unexpected!
Corpse Bride
My darling, I just wanted to meet.....darling! Who's this?
Victoria Everglot
Who is she?!
Corpse Bride
I'm his wife.
Victoria Everglot
Victor?
Victor Van Dort
Victoria, wait, you don't understand. She's dead. Look!
Corpse Bride
Hopscotch!
Victor Van Dort
No, no! VICTORIAAAAA!!
Bellatrix Lestrange
The boy... is he dead?
Narcissa Malfoy
[Leaning into Harry] Is he alive? Draco, is he alive?
Narcissa Malfoy
[after Harry nods] Dead.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
I was thinking flowers, maybe daisies, to brighten up the room... Do you think that flowers, pretty daisies, could relieve the gloom?
Narrator
When people think you're dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just...
Marla Singer
instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?
Marla Singer
Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Is she for real?
Barnabas Collins
INDEED!
Charlotte Bartlet
I shall never forgive myself.
Lucy Honeychurch
You always say that, Charlotte. And then you always do forgive yourself.
Lucy Honeychurch
I dont want to be a Leonardo I want to be myself!
Ingrid Formanek
Well f**k me with a hot poker!
Queen Elizabeth
I intend to be a very great queen...to a very great king.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Did you come here for a pie, sir?
Bellatrix Lestrange
YOU IDIOT! You almost killed me!
Dobby
Dobby did not mean to kill! Just to maim or seriously injure!
Victor Van Dort
Don't you understand? You're the other woman.
Corpse Bride
No! You're married to me! She's the other woman! *cries*
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
For a minute there i thought you lost your marbles.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
For a moment there I thought you lost your marbles.
Marla Singer
I haven't been F***ed like that since grade school.
Marla Singer
I haven't been f***ed like that since grade school.
Red Queen
[shouting loudly] Fat boys!
Red Queen
Ah, there they are. Speak boys, amuse us!
TweedleDee/TweedleDum
[gesture at each other silently]
Red Queen
Speak!
Red Queen
I need a pig here! [pig slides in front of chair, she puts her feet on it.]
Red Queen
I love a warm pig belly for my aching feet. [Looks at Alice] Would you like one, Um?
Alice
No thank you.
Red Queen
Sit.
Alice
[looks down at a monkeys holding a cushion]
Red Queen
Sit! [Alice sits.]
Red Queen
[to others in the room] Go away!
Dad
Thanks for the cake Nigel. Lovely gesture.
Mrs. Potter
It's really not that bad for the first attempt.
Marla Singer
A condom is the glass slipper for our generation. You slip one on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, and then you throw it away. The condom, I mean, not the stranger
Marla Singer
...Condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip one on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night... then you throw it away. The condom, I mean, not the stranger.
Bellatrix Lestrange
(as Hermione) I would like to enter my vault!
Bellatrix Lestrange
[as Hermione] I wish to enter my vault.
Bellatrix Lestrange
I don't like to be kept waiting!
Bellatrix Lestrange
[as Hermione] I don't like to be kept waiting!
Red Queen
Off with his Head!!!!
Red Queen
Off with his head!
Death Eater
Madame Lestrange.
Bellatrix Lestrange
Good morning!
Bellatrix Lestrange
You stupid elf! You could have killed me!
Bellatrix Lestrange
Well, well, well, look what we have here. It's Harry Potter. He's all bright, and shiny, and new again, just in time for the Dark Lord.
Bellatrix Lestrange
I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK! I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK!
Bellatrix Lestrange
I killed Sirius Black! I killed Sirius Black!
Marla Singer
You are like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Jackass
Marla Singer
You're Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jackass!
Sweeney Todd
fifteen years. I've sweated in a living hell on a false charge. Fifteen years dreaming I might come home to a wife and child.
Sweeney Todd
15 years sweating, and living hell, for a false charge. 15 years dreaming I might come home to a wife and child.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Well, I can't say the years have been particularly kind to you, Mr. Barker.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Well, I can't say the years have been particularly kind to you, Mr. Barker.
Sweeney Todd
no not Barker. that man is dead It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd. And he will have his revenge.
Sweeney Todd
No, not Barker. That man is dead. It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd, and he will have his revenge.
Red Queen
Someone has stolen three of my tarts!
Red Queen
(talking about Stayne).. He tired to kill me!
Red Queen
(talking about Stayne) He tired to kill me!
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Mrs. Mooney has a pie shop, / Does a business, but I noticed something weird: / Lately all her neighbor's cats have disappeared. / Have to hand it to her, / What I calls / Enterprise / Popping pussies into pies. / Wouldn't do in my shop; / Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick. / And I'm telling you, them pussycats is quick.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Mrs. Mooney has a pie shop. Does a business, but I noticed something weird. Lately all her neighbor's cats have disappeared. Have to hand it to her. What I calls Enterprise. Popping pussies into pies. Wouldn't do in my shop. Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick. And I'm telling you, them pussycats is quick.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
[sings about Benjamin Barker] He had this wife, you see, / Pretty little thing. / Silly little nit / Had her chance for the moon on a string... / Poor thing. Poor thing. / There was this Judge, you see, / Wanted her like mad. / Every day he'd send her a flower, / But did she come down from her tower? / Sat up there and sobbed by the hour, / Poor fool. / Ah, but there was worse yet to come... / Poor thing.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
[sings about Benjamin Barker] He had this wife, you see, Pretty little thing. Silly little nit. Had her chance for the moon on a string. Poor thing. Poor thing. There was this Judge, you see, Wanted her like mad. Every day he'd send her a flower, But did she come down from her tower? Sat up there and sobbed by the hour, Poor fool. Ah, but there was worse yet to come. Poor thing.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
(talking about Toby).. So what are we gonna do about the boy?
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
(talking about Toby) So what are we gonna do about the boy?
Sweeney Todd
Send him up!
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
No, Mr. T. Surely one's enough for today. Besides, I was thinking of hiring the lad to help me run the shop. Your poor knees aren't what they used to be.
Sweeney Todd
All right.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Of course, we're gonna have to stock up on the gin. Boy's drinking like a sailor.
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
(to Sweeney) We could have a life, us two. Maybe not like I dreamed. Maybe not like you remember. But we could get by.
Corpse Bride
I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.
Corpse Bride
I was a bride. My dreams were taken from me. But now - now I've stolen them from someone else. I love you, Victor, but you are not mine.
Corpse Bride
Isn't the view beautiful? It takes my breath away. Well, it would if I had any.
Bellatrix Lestrange
Consider yourself lucky, goblin.
Bellatrix Lestrange
(Turns to Hermione, who is lying on the floor) The same won't be said for this one.
Ron Wesley
Like hell.
Bellatrix Lestrange
[singing] I killed Sirius Black!
Lucy Honeychurch
Mother doesn't like me playing Beethoven. She says I'm always peevish afterwards.
Mrs. Bucket
Oh well, nothing goes better with cabbage than cabbage.
Red Queen
Off with their heads!
Mrs. Nellie Lovett
That lad is drinking me out o' house an' home.