Helena Bonham Carter

by ethnic on July 2, 2010

Place of Birth: Islington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 May, 1966

Ethnicity:
*50% English
*37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*6.25% Spanish
*3.125% Irish
*3.125% French

Helena Bonham Carter is a British actress. She is the daughter of Elena (Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a banker. Helena was previously a partner of director Tim Burton, with whom she has two children.

Helena’s father was from an English family, and one of Helena’s paternal great-grandfathers, Henry Herbert “H. H.” Asquith, a member of the Liberal Party, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 5 April, 1908 to 5 December, 1916.

Helena’s maternal grandfather was born to a Czech Jewish father and to a Catholic mother who had Spanish, Irish, and French ancestry; he was raised in his own mother’s Catholic faith, and was later honored as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Helena’s maternal grandmother was from a Jewish family (they were from Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bohemia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine, among other places). Helena’s maternal grandmother converted to Catholicism after World War II.

Helena’s paternal grandfather was Sir Maurice Bonham Carter (the son of Henry Bonham Carter and Sibella Charlotte Norman). Maurice was a Liberal politician, civil servant, and cricketer. Henry was the son of John Bonham Carter and Joanna Maria Smith. Sibella was the daughter of George Ward Norman and Sibella Isabella Stone.

Helena’s paternal grandmother was Helen Violet Asquith (the daughter of Henry Herbert “H. H.” Asquith and Helen Kelsall Melland). Helena’s grandmother Helen was a politician and diarist. Prime Minister Asquith was the son of Joseph Dixon Asquith and Emily Willans. Helena’s great-grandmother Helen was the daughter of Frederick Melland and Ann Heap Kelsall.

Helena’s maternal grandfather was Eduardo Propper de Callejón (the son of Maximilian/Maximillian “Max” Propper and Jeanne “Juana” Isabelle Héloïse Dolorès de Callejón Kennedy). Eduardo was born in Madrid, Spain, and was raised Catholic. Eduardo was a diplomat, and saved many Jews during World War II, by helping their escape from occupied France. Eduardo’s father Maximilian was a Czech Jew, who was born in Mšec, Rakovník District, the son of Aloys/Alois Propper and Jeanne/Johanna Kohn. Eduardo’s mother Jeanne de Callejón was Catholic; Jeanne was the daughter of S.E. Don Juan Bartolomé de Callejón Villegas, who was Spanish, from Berja, Almería, Andalucía, and of Marie Louise/Heloise/Eloisa Kennedy y Massicot, who was born in Louisiana, and likely had Irish and French ancestry.

Helena’s maternal grandmother was Hélène Roberte Fould-Springer (the daughter of Baron Eugène Charles Joachim Fould, or Fould-Springer, and Marie-Cécile von Springer). Baron Eugène was born in Ville-d’Avray, Ile-de-France, France, the son of Léon Fould, from Paris, France, and of Thérèse Bacha Prascovia/Prascovie Ephrussi, from Odessa, Ukraine. Marie-Cécile was born in Paris, France, the daughter of Gustave/Gustav Freiherr von Springer (originally Gustav Springer), from Vienna, Austria, and of Hélène, baronne de Königswarter, from Paris. Helena’s maternal great-grandparents Baron Eugène and Marie-Cécile were both Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Helena Bonham Carter – http://www.geni.com
http://kinandink.wordpress.com
http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Helena Bonham Carter (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Helen’s paternal grandmother, Helen Violet (Asquith) Bonham Carter (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Helena Bonham Carter (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Interview with The Guardian, 2006 – http://www.guardian.co.uk

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew December 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm
andrew June 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm
andrew November 25, 2015 at 3:14 am

you should add Tim Burton

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

So she is Jewish and Spanish…

But Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham aren’t?

ashash April 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

Thought you said Cheryl was Anglo-Indian?

At any rate, Cheryl and Victoria are not Jewish and Spanish.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 1:14 am

Anglo Indian, Spanish, Jewish…they all somehow resemble each other to an extent.

I know that they’re not. But how do YOU know? They could be hiding their ethnicity.

Helena looks Spanish and Jewish. I really don’t see Irish or English in her.

athelya November 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

“Anglo Indian, Spanish, Jewish…they all somehow resemble each other to an extent.” They don’t, sorry.

phaedra April 25, 2016 at 12:19 am

They do. You’re just a butthurt Greek/Southern European who gets pissed when someone says that a Semitic looking person, or an Anglo-Indian like Ben Kingsley, look Greek or Italian, because you have inferiority complex and think that your people look like Nordics.

andrew April 25, 2016 at 1:58 am

@phaedra

Ben Kingsley looks anything Greek or Italian.

MadBadDog May 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm

“Anglo Indian, Spanish, Jewish…they all somehow resemble each other” … Can we start a kickstarter campaign to get this guy a pair of glasses?

neiltennant July 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

ONE DAY we will see here

CHERYL COLE ,, iranian or spanish or indian”

neiltennant September 19, 2016 at 10:41 am

there is a chance that VICTORIA BECKHAM has something indian in her

anen87 March 27, 2016 at 7:58 pm

LOL I don’t think 6.25% makes anyone Spanish. Helena is an English Jewish gal

sarahle February 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

she is such a great actress… best best best.

[email protected] June 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

she looks Jewish.

andrew July 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

enough English to play Queen Elizabeth from British Royal Family

follers July 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Well, Colin Firth’s character’s mother in that movie was played by Claire Bloom, who is Jewish. So there is nothing wrong with British Jewish royals.

The young Queen Elizabeth II looked like Amy Winehouse.

theropod June 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

Definitely very Spanish and Jewish looking.

[email protected] June 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

yeah i agree with you she looks more Jewish to me.

levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Is Tim Burton Jewish as well?

levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

He isn’t. I thought he would for sure be.

Bob Dylan is, though.

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levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I thought Helena was Jewish, but I did not know she was part Spanish. I didn’t expect that.

DMama February 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

This was fun to find out. My daughter is always told she looks like Helena and it turns out we share all of her ethnicities on her Mom’s side.

katie October 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm

my favourite actress in the world.

levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

She’s certainly unique. I loved her in Fight Club.

Mia July 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Wow she’s a lot!

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