My Grandparents' War: Helena Bonham Carter

My Grandparents' War: Helena Bonham Carter

Series 1



With a granny called Bubbles and a grandad nicknamed Bongie, Helena Bonham Carter’s family could have come straight from the pages of PG Wodehouse. But don’t be fooled, there are redoubtable characters in the Bonham Carter family tree, as this absorbing sort-of Who Do You Think You Are? at war reveals.

Helena Bonham Carter’s paternal grandmother was the fiery, compassionate and brilliant Liberal politician and equal rights campaigner Lady Violet Bonham Carter, a fearless woman who ended up on a Gestapo blacklist (she’d be arrested and shot in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain) after she helped Jewish families to flee the encroaching horror of the Holocaust.

On her mum’s side, Helena Bonham Carter’s Spanish grandad, diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón, signed – against the rules – countless visas allowing Jewish families to escape to freedom. Bonham Carter meets their descendants.


Four celebrates actors take deeply personal and immersive journeys to uncover what happened to their grandparents during the Second World War. In the first episode, actress Helena Bonham Carter goes in search of the truth behind her relatives' involvement in the war. Both sets of Helena's grandparents, one set in France and one set in England, were not conventional war heroes as they did not fight in any battles, but she discovers that they did save countless lives during the conflict.

Cast & Crew

Director Francis Hanly
Executive Producer Tom Anstiss
Executive Producer Paul Hamann
Producer Francis Hanly
Series Producer Leo Burley