Helena Bonham Carter is a British actress whose dark aesthetic brought flair to roles ranging from period pieces to modern fantasy. She is known for playing Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2.
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Helena was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to drama.
Bonham Carter was denied admission to King’s College, Cambridge, not because of her academic performance, but because college officials were afraid that she would leave during the course to pursue her acting career.
Helena Bonham Carter is a distant cousin to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
She based her performance of Marla Singer in Fight Club (1999) on Judy Garland in the later stages of her life. To help her get into the mindset, director David Fincher would often call her Judy on-set.
In May 2006, she launched her own fashion line, “The Pantaloonies,” with swimwear designer Samantha Sage. Their first collection, called Bloomin’ Bloomers, is a Victoriana style selection of camisoles, mop caps, and bloomers. The duo is now working on Pantaloonies customized jeans which Helena describes as “a kind of scrapbook on the bum.”
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