Helena Bonham Carter says her name is the ‘bane’ of her ‘flipping life’


Reflecting on her acting career, the Crown star also said she believes her face is too expressive and that she is too verbose.

“I’m always doing too much,” she told The Times. “Early on in my career I was told by a director I have an expressive face, and I’ve been trying to keep it in check ever since.  

“And words! I use far too many words. Even my name has too many words in it. The bane of my flipping life. Can I have your autograph? Ugh. It has 18 letters. Brad Pitt only has eight.”  

Bonham Carter is known for playing eccentric characters, from Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films and Queen Iracebeth Of Crims in Alice in Wonderland, to Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.

She is currently promoting the animated version of Quentin Blake’s Clown, which airs on Channel 4 this Christmas.

Bonham Carter can also be seen in The Crown on Netflix, in which she plays Princess Margaret opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II.

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