When Helena Bonham Carter was cast in the pivotal role of the Fairy Godmother in director Kenneth Branagh’s new live-action version of “Cinderella,” there were some rumblings of surprise on the Internet, where various journalists questioned whether she was better suited to play the wicked stepmother instead.

Given her past as deliciously evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the last four “Harry Potter” films and the delightfully funny but unforgiving Red Queen (“Off with their heads!”) in “Alice in Wonderland,” some thought that despite her experience with a wand, the magical staff that the Fairy Godmother was better suited for somebody not known for playing such dark characters.

Of course, those same people tend to forget just how versatile the two-time Oscar nominated actress really is. Whether it’s good or bad character, Bonham Carter has proven throughout her illustrious, 32-year screen career that she wherewithal to play them all. Still, Bonham told me in an exclusive U.S. interview, that she was taken aback when asked to play the character associated with the iconic phrase, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”

April 16th, 2015   Media, News & Rumors, Projects | Movies No Comments

Pathe UK has released the first official teaser trailer for Sarah Gavron’s upcoming film Suffragette (2015), starring Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Carey Mulligan, Brendan Gleeson, and Natalie Press. The film will open in cinemas across the United Kingdom on October 30.

In the United States, the film will open in select theaters on October 23.

Official synopsis: A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.


April 9th, 2015   Media, Projects | Movies No Comments

March 28th, 2015   Articles, Interviews, Media, News & Rumors No Comments

Actress says listening to Mozart and violin concertos had a profound effect on her unborn children.

The British actress, who is currently appearing as the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s new live-action version of Cinderella , is a big fan of classical music – for its calming influence.
When she was pregnant with her two children, Bonham Carter says she made use of the Tomatis Method, based on a theory that information coming into the foetus’s ear guides the development of the brain.
“I basically played Mozart and violin concertos again and again because it stimulated the inner ear of the unborn baby,” she says on this week’s edition of Charlotte Green’s Culture Club, (Sunday 29 March, 3pm).
“And everything that they promised happened to both my children. They came out alert, unbelievably clever, and very relaxed.”

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March 27th, 2015   Articles, News & Rumors No Comments

Helena Bonham Carter has looked into doing a West End job share so she could appear on stage and still spend enough time with her children.

While Helen McCrory would be her ideal theatrical other half, Bonham Carter joked that her friend and Harry Potter co-star might make her look bad.

The actress made the comments at a party for the 25th anniversary of BBC Films, also attended by McCrory and her husband Damian Lewis.

Bonham Carter has two children, Billy, 11, and Nell, seven, with her former partner, director Tim Burton. She told the Standard: “I’m not doing anything at the minute. I’m taking some time off to spend with my children and I feel more clear-headed than I have in a long time. I’ve had time to spend with my family and I’m lucky enough to be at the stage in my career where I can take breaks. But I’m not totally unemployed — I have some work on the horizon for the end of the year so we won’t go hungry!”

Bonham Carter, 46, has not done stage work for many years and said she is put off by its “relentlessness”, adding: “I would love to do some West End theatre but every night I would miss bedtime with the children.

“If I could do three days a week that would be great — and to be honest I have had some discussions about doing that.” She added: “What would be ideal is if I could do some sort of job share. But then who do you job share with?

“My obvious choice would be Helen McCrory but then if you shared with her, she’s such a great actress she’d just make you look bad. People would be asking for a refund for the nights I was on.”

Bonham Carter, McCrory and Lewis were among 400 guests at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Portland Place last night. Others included Alan Rickman, Douglas Booth, Tom Hollander and Rafe Spall.


March 26th, 2015   Public Appereances No Comments

The gallery was updated with a mix of HQ and MQ images of Helena during yesterday’s BBC Films’ 25th Anniversary Reception. Enjoy!

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Public Appereances > Events 2015 > BBC Films’ 25th Anniversary Reception

Who’s Helena?
Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, was a merchant banker and the alternate UK director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s. Bonham Carter speaks French fluently, starring in a 1996 French film Portraits chinois.

Read her full biography here.
Current Projects

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
Helena as Red Queen

The plot is unknown.

Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Airdate: 27 May 2016

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Codes of Conduct
Helena as Esther Kaufmann

A young man with a mysterious past makes his way into New York's high society.

Genre: Drama
Airdate: 2015

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Helena as Edith New

The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Genre: Drama
Airdate: 11 September 2015

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Helena as Fairy Godmother

A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.

Genre: Adventure | Drama | Family
Airdate: 13 March 2015

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