Cheers to Helena Bonham Carter, who has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (Cbe) in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list, which acknowledges the public service of British and Commonwealth citizens in a variety of fields including entertainment, industry and government. Ms. Bonham Carter garnered great acclaim (and multiple awards) for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in last year’s Oscar winner, The King’s Speech. With her customary graciousness, Bonham Carter told the British press that she would accept the honor in memory of her father Raymond, who was left severely disabled after a routine operation went wrong: “I always thought my father deserved a medal for facing 25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism so I am delighted to accept such a wonderful honour in his memory.” Well done!
Moviegoers know Bonham Carter for twenty years of stunning and versatile performances, including her roles as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, Marla Singer in Fight Club, Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, and Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with A View. Zoners particularly cherish her work with Johnny Depp, as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, the Bride in Corpse Bride, and Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her next screen appearance with Johnny will be as Dr. Julia Hoffman in Dark Shadows, due in theaters in May; she is also slated to appear in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, which begins filming in February.