HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Lady Tottington) has starred in a wide range of film and television projects both in the United States and in her native England. This summer she co-starred with Johnny Depp in the smash hit “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” for director Tim Burton. Bonham Carter will next be heard voicing the title role in the stop-motion animated film “Corpse Bride,” which reunites her with Burton and Depp. The film is due out in September 2005. She also stars opposite Aaron Eckhart in the live-action film “Conversations with Other Women.” Bonham Carter will have a dual presence at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, as both that film and “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” are screening there.
In 1997, Bonham Carter starred in Iain Softley’s romantic period drama “The Wings of the Dove,” based on the novel by Henry James. For her performance in that film, she was honored with Academy Award®, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress. She also won 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.
Bonham Carter made her feature film debut in the title role of Trevor Nunn’s historical biopic “Lady Jane,” as the doomed young woman who reigned as Queen of England for only nine days. 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. Bonham Carter 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.
Her early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli’s “Hamlet,” in which she played Ophelia, opposite Mel Gibson; “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; and Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite.” Bonham Carter has more recently starred in the acclaimed drama “Big Fish” and the sci-fi actioner “Planet of the Apes,” both for director Tim Burton; the independent features “Till Human Voices Wake Us,” “The Heart of Me” and “Novocaine”; and David Fincher’s controversial drama “Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Bonham Carter has also gained recognition for her work on television. She earned both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in the Gulf War drama “Live From Baghdad” and for her role in the miniseries “Merlin.” She received her first Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the historical miniseries “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald.” Bonham Carter more recently played Anne Boleyn in the British miniseries “Henry VIII,” and just finished filming “Magnificent Seven,” for the BBC.