From Ophelia to Bellatrix Lestrange, actress Helena Bonham Carter’s film roles are often rooted in literature. She’s famous for portraying characters created by English heavyweights (William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens), beloved children’s authors (Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl) and contemporary icons (J.K. Rowling, Chuck Palahniuk). And with dozens of book-related roles to her credit, Bonham Carter has proven that she’s just as comfortable playing a chimp advocating for human rights as she is a fairy godmother.
To celebrate Bonham Carter’s reprisal of her role as the Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, we assembled a gallery highlighting every film she’s acted in based on a book.*
*Or a Shakespearean play.