With their own separate houses next door to each other, the living arrangements of Helena Bonham Carter and her partner Tim Burton have often raised eyebrows. But the actress has finally revealed the reason for their twin properties – she cannot stand Burton’s snoring at night.
Rather than undergo an operation to his nose which might cure the condition, the pair instead opted for two homes side by side in Belsize Park, north London, to ensure no sleepless nights.
Bonham Carter has insisted there is nothing unusual about the arrangement and that her relationship with the award-winning director is “enhanced” by having their own personal space.
The 44-year-old divides her time between the two properties which she shares with Burton, 52, their two children Billy Ray and Nell and a nanny.
In an interview with Radio Times, the Alice In Wonderland star said: “A lot written about me is wrong.”
The brand new trailer has been released for Helena’s upcoming BBC One TV movie, Toast. A big thank you goes to Alison for posting the trailer on the tagboard, it looks wonderful! View the trailer below, and watch it on BBC One at 9pm on December 30th, 2010.
Helena Bonham Carter is wonderfully frank when asked why she wanted to play cook Nigel Slater’s stepmother in the adaptation of his memoir, Toast. “I haven’t played a cleaner before!” Which is extraordinary when you consider that she has appeared in no fewer than 40 films.
The actress, who also played Enid Blyton in another recent BBC biopic, all but steals the drama from the other performers.
This is not to say that the remaining cast, of Freddie Highmore (Slater), Ken Stott (Slater’s father) and Victoria Hamilton (Slater’s mother) don’t turn in solid performances, too, but Bonham Carter’s Mrs Potter is the drama equivalent of watching Nigella Lawson in full domestic goddess mode.
When Helena Bonham Carter was first offered the daunting challenge of playing the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother she was, at turns, baffled and apprehensive. “I mentioned the possibility of playing the Queen Mum to a few friends and they all said, ‘What, already?’ And that’s an understandable reaction because we all think of her in her later years, but this is different. This is playing the woman at a time in her life when she didn’t even think she would be the Queen Mum.”
“But yes, I was apprehensive. Very apprehensive. She’s such an iconic figure and yet you have to go beyond that to build up a believable character. The biggest task was trying to find some inner dimension to her other than playing the sweet, docile, archetypical wife.”
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Helena refused the offer of a fat suit to play the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, so that she could indulge in marshmallows.
The svelte star, who wears unfitted dresses to play the late wife of King George VI in the award-nominated film, was delighted at not having to stick to a strict Hollywood diet.
Helena told Total Film magazine: “At one point [director Tom Hooper] said ‘Shall we put you in a fat suit?’. I said ‘Noooooo! I looked as if I was in one anyway but that’s just me… I did feel like I could eat quite a lot. I didn’t have to go on the actresses’ diet of eating nothing. I was eating a lot of marshmallows on film.”
The 44-year-old actress, who stars alongside Colin Firth, said she hoped she didn’t look too much like the Queen Mother we all remember.
She said: “I don’t know if I really carried it off. We all know her when she was in her nineties and obviously I don’t look like her. I hope. Not in a disrespectful way, I mean her later years…”
Helena has been nominated for another two awards! This time they are Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards, in which she has been nominated in the categories: Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble Cast for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming film, The King’s Speech.
The results will be announced on January 10th, 2011, and congratulations to all the nominees!