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HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Marla Singer) last year starred in "Theory of Flight" opposite Kenneth Branagh. She was multi-nominated for her performance in "Wings of the Dove," for which she received best actress nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild. Bonham Carter was cited as Best Actress by Canada's Genie Awards for her performance in "Margaret's Museum," and received an Emmy nomination for the miniseries "Merlin."

Born and raised in London, Bonham Carter was educated at one of that city's foremost schools, Westminster. Director Trevor Nunn persuaded her to postpone her university studies in order to star in his film "Lady Jane," the story of the doomed Lady Nunn, who ruled England for only nine days before being beheaded.

On the last day of shooting Nunn's film, James Ivory offered her the ingenue lead in "A Room with a View." It was the first of a series of roles in E.M. Forster adaptations that would bring Bonham Carter international acclaim, followed by "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and "Howards End." She played Ophelia in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," opposite Mel Gibson; and then portrayed Elizabeth in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," directed by Kenneth Branagh. She then appeared as Woody Allen's wife in "Mighty Aphrodite."

Bonham Carter has also sought a variety of contemporary roles in features and television films. Besides "Merlin," she has appeared as a victim of anorexia in "Getting It Right," a stripper in "Dancing Queen," and the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald in "Fatal Deception." Other television credits include "Arms and the Man," "Beatrix Potter," "A Hazard of Hearts," as well as guest appearances on "Miami Vice."

Bonham Carter's stage appearances include "Woman in White," "The Chalk Garden," "House of Bernarda Alba" and "Trelawny of the Wells."


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