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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

HELENA BONHAM CARTER joins the cast of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” as Sirius Black's cousin and Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange.

Bonham Carter has starred in a wide range of film, television and stage projects both in the United States and in her native England. Later this year, she will play Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton's screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd,” starring opposite Johnny Depp in the title role. She previously co-starred with Depp in the hit family film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” also directed by Burton.

Bonham Carter was honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her work in the 1997 romantic period drama "The Wings of the Dove,” based on the novel by Henry James. Her performance in that film also brought her 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.

She made an auspicious feature film debut in the title role of Trevor Nunn's historical biopic "Lady Jane.” 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. She 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.

Bonham Carter's early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet,” opposite Mel Gibson; "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite”; and "Twelfth Night,” which reunited her with Trevor Nunn. She went on to star in David Fincher's "Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; and the drama "Big Fish” and the sci-fi actioner "Planet of the Apes,” both for director Tim Burton. She has also starred in such independent features as "Carnivale,” "Novocaine,” "The Heart of Me,” and "Till Human Voices Wake Us.”

In 2005, Bonham Carter lent her voice to two animated features: Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride,” in the title role; and the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Also that year, she starred in the live-action independent feature "Conversations with Other Women,” opposite Aaron Eckhart.

For her television work, Bonham Carter earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the telefilm "Live From Baghdad” and the miniseries "Merlin,” and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the miniseries "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald.” She also starred as Anne Boleyn in the British miniseries "Henry VIII,” and as the mother of seven children, including four autistic sons, in the BBC telefilm "Magnificent 7.”

Her stage credits include productions of "Woman in White,” "The Chalk Garden,” "House of Bernarda Alba” and "Trelawny of the Wells,” to name only a few.

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