(playing Ms. Lovett in Sweeney Todd)
(with her hubby Tim Burton)
Bonham Carter did not receive any formal training in acting. In 1979, she won a national writing contest and used the money to pay for her entry into the actors directory Spotlight. She made her professional acting début at the age of 16, in a television commercial.
Her first starring film role was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane (1986) which had mixed reviews. The story reflected the troubled life of England's nine-days' Queen from her troubled adolescence and arranged marriage to her ill-fated accession and subsequent execution. Her breakthrough role was Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View.