When Bonham Carter was five, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, from which it took her three years to recover.
Upon her recovery, her experience in therapy led her to become a psychotherapist herself – Bonham Carter now pays her to read her scripts and deliver her opinion of the characters' psychological motivations.
entered the field winning a national writing contest (1979) and used the money to pay for her entry into the actors' Spotlight directory.
She made her professional acting début at the age of 16 in a television commercial.
I've always loved the idea of fairy tales, but somehow I never managed to completely connect with them.
What interests me is taking those classic images and themes and trying to contemporize them a bit.
Bonham Carter also appeared in episodes of Miami Vice as Don Johnson's love interest during the 1986–87 season and then, in 1987 opposite Dirk Bogarde in The Vision, Stewart Granger in A Hazard of Hearts and John Gielgud in Getting It Right.
Lee Harvey Oswald (1993), Live from Baghdad (2002), Toast (2010), and Burton & Taylor (2013).
She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours list for services to drama, Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, who came from a prominent British political family, was a merchant banker and served as the alternative British director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist who is of 3/4 Jewish background, and whose own parents were diplomats Eduardo Propper de Callejón and Baroness Hélène Fould-Springer.
Her paternal grandmother was politician and feminist icon Violet Asquith, daughter of H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of World War I.
Bonham Carter is the youngest of three children, with two brothers, Edward and Thomas.