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What’s Helena Bonham Carter Been Up To Since ‘Harry Potter’?

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Helena Bonham Carter became everyone’s favorite Death Eater as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series. Her nominated performance introduced the actress to a younger generation. Following the final Harry Potter film in 2011, Carter has been keeping herself busy.

The Roles Keep Coming

Carter continued gaining major roles in Les MisérablesCinderella, and Ocean’s 8. In 2016, she reprised her role as The Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Her performance as Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC TV film Burton & Taylor landed her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Preparing for this role was nerve-racking because it’s someone very familiar in Hollywood. “They’ve been around, and a mark of your success or failure will be because everyone has their own Elizabeth in their head since she’s so instantly recognizable. So, yeah, you end up doing much more research. It’s a huge and massive amount of homework when you’re dealing with somebody who everyone knows,” Carter told Collider.

Making The Jump To Netflix

Carter will appear on Netflix’s original programming with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and The Crown. In Age of Resistance, she’ll lend her voice to Maudra Mayrin, who is the leader of the Vapra clan. This show reunites her with Harry Potter co-stars Jason Isaacs, Toby Jones, and Ralph Ineson. Age of Resistance, which is a prequel to 1982’s The Dark Crystal, focuses on the world of Thra.

The Crown’s third season will find Carter portraying Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. Vanessa Kirby originally held that role during the first two seasons. With season three’s time jump, producers needed new faces. Carter knew the new cast would run with it. “None of us look at all like our previous generation. We don’t actually look like our real people, either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia [Colman] looks particularly like the Queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence,” the actress told Variety. The third season will hit Netflix on November 17.

Box Office Projects In The Works

On the big screen, Carter will appear in Enola Holmes. The film follows Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister Enola. Carter will portray their mother Eudoria. Millie Bobby Brown will star as Enola and serve as a co-producer. The movie is based on the book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries. Filming is underway in London. Carter will also star in the animated film The Land of Sometimes. Other names attached to this project include Ewan McGregor, Brendan Murphy, and David Walliams. As of this writing, no release date has been set for either film.

Delivering Some Sweet Melodies

Aside from acting, Carter will belt out some songs for a good cause. This year, BBC One and BBC Children in Need will launch Children in Need: Got It Covered. This project will include many English actors covering songs for a charity album. Joining Carter on this release are Jodie Whittaker, David Tennant, and Luke Evans. A documentary about the album’s recording process will be released alongside the album. “We are thrilled that this amazing line-up of acting talent are giving up their time to come together and create something quite unique for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. Their musical efforts will help make a difference to the thousands of disadvantaged children and young people we support across the UK and leave a lasting impact beyond this TV special,” BBC Children in Need director of content Tommy Nagra said in a press release.

With over 35 years in the business, Carter won’t be slowing down on roles soon. Whether it’s acting or singing, Carter’s presence will still invigorate the industry.

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