Helena Bonham Carter is one of England’s most famous actresses. How celebrated? one might ask… Her most outstanding honor was given to her in 2012 when she was named in the New Year’s List of Honour for Merit in Acting, making her Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Carter has also won a handful of coveted awards, including a BAFTA award.
Helena Bonham Carter’s Bio
If she were to follow in her ancestors’ footsteps, Helena Bonham Carter, who was born on May 26, 1966, in Islington, London, England, could have become a political figure. Her own father Raymond Bonham Carter (1929 – 2004) was a British banker who was a member of a British political family and worked in the Bank of England. Another famous political figure in her bloodline was her paternal grandmother, Violet Asquith, who was also a feminist icon. Asquith was the daughter of H. H. Asquith, who served as British Prime Minister during the first half of World War I.
Although born in Islington, Helena and her two older brothers Edward and Thomas grew up in Golders Green. She attended South Hampstead High School and Westminster School, which she completed with the Matura. Helena wanted to attend Kings College in Cambridge, but the school authorities feared that she might drop out of school to pursue her passion, which she has pursued since elementary school.
With the money she won at a 1979 national writing competition, Helena, who had no formal acting training, paid to become a member of the Spotlight directory. Her first professional acting job came in a television commercial in 1982 when she was just 16 years old, and the rest is history.
Helena Bonham Carter achieved her major breakthrough in 1985, two years after starting her professional career. Her success came with the role of Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, and since then the British beauty has never looked back. Over the years, Helena has proven time and again what an incredible actress she is. Her talent has helped boost the commercial success of a number of films, from Fight Club to the series The Harry Potter, in which she played Bellatrix Lestrange. Her net worth is estimated at $30 to $40 million.
Who is The Husband?
Although Helena Bonham Carter is a single woman at the time of writing this article, she has had two high-profile long-term relationships in the past. But although she was with these men for a long time, she never made it to the altar with either of them, so Helena Bonham Carter was never officially married to anyone.
Her first high-profile boyfriend/partner was a British actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh (pictured above). Helena was with him for five years from 1994 to 1999. Their love aroused great media interest, as it was the result of Branagh’s extramarital affair. At the time they started dating, Branagh was married to the British actress Emma Thompson. Thompson and Branagh had met during the filming of the BBC series Fortunes of War, whereupon they entered into a life-long alliance in 1989.
Five years later, in 1994, Branagh met Carter on the set of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and they began an affair together. A year after their romance began, Branagh ended the relationship with his wife and continued his romance with Carter. However, it was not planned that it would last a lifetime, as they went their separate ways in 1999.
Emma Thompson, who married Greg Wise in 2003, forgave Carter for the extramarital affair she had with her then-husband. Both even appeared together in the Harry Potter series. On the other hand, Branagh seemed to have finally found what he wanted in director Lindsay Brunnock, whom he married in 2003.
After two years of healing from her relationship with Branagh, Helena found love in the arms of American filmmaker Tim Burton. Like her previous relationship, she began on a film set. Burton had cast her in his 2001 science fiction film Planet of the Apes. After that, he cast her in at least 6 of his films, including Alice in Wonderland.
Since they lived in neighboring houses in Belsize Park, London, they combined the two into one home. Helena and Burton got together for 13 years but were never married. Their relationship ended amicably in early 2013. Their long relationship produced two children: a son named Billy Raymond Burton, born in October 2003, and a daughter named Nell Burton, born in December 2007.