Helena Bonham Carter is preparing to torment Harry Potter as Bellatrix Lestrange this week, with the arrival of the first film in the two-part finale, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' In fact, this is just one of many roles the actress has inhabited over the last year. She played the Red Queen in 'Alice in Wonderland,' Queen Elizabeth in 'The King's Speech,' plus the upcoming '60s fest 'Toast' and the epic and upcoming 'Hallows' finale. Her work is so varied and plentiful these days that it's hard to believe that she's been gracing the silver screen for the last twenty-five years.
As soon as she stepped foot into the 'Room with a View,' Bonham Carter crafted an ongoing link to worlds of the past. Films like 'Lady Jane' and 'Francesco' solidified her position as the go-to British actress for period pieces, allowing her to travel in and out of time with ease and grace. She embodied the fragile doom of Ophelia in 'Hamlet' as easy as the mirth of 'Twelfth Night.' She stood out in 'Howard's End' and found passion and horror in 'Frankenstein.'