Helena Bonham Carter honoured at Buckingham Palace

Actress receives CBE for services to drama following her performance as the Queen’s mother

Last February, Helena Bonham Carter received a best supporting actress Bafta for playing the Queen’s mother in The King’s Speech. Today, almost exactly a year later, she was presented with another honour by the monarch herself.


In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Bonham Carter, 45 – wearing a striking tartan dress and extremely high heels – accepted a CBE for services to drama.

Following the ceremony, she avoided reporters, but speaking after the announcement of the award in the New Year Honours list, Bonham Carter had dedicated it to her late father, Raymond, saying he had faced “25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism.”

“I am delighted to accept such a wonderful award in his memory,” she added.


Bonham Carter came to prominence after starring in 1985 Merchant Ivory drama A Room with a View, adapted from the EM Forster novel. The quirky actress has since enjoyed an eclectic range of roles, including several in movies directed by her partner Tim Burton.