Helena Bonham Carter admits that as a teenager she had such a crush on fellow actor Jeremy Irons she stalked him. The Harry Potter star became besotted with Irons, now 63, after seeing him act opposite Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Helena, 45, nominated for an Oscar for her role as the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, tells Harper’s Bazaar: ‘I used to love The French Lieutenant’s Woman and actually stalked Jeremy Irons when I was 15. I’d go up and down the street where he used to live. It was scary.’
Irons, who is married to fellow thespian Sinead Cusack, had no idea of Helena’s obsession. Helena adds: ‘I have met him since and he was horrified to find that out. It’s funny — as soon as I met him I thought. “What was all that about?”’