Helena Bonham Carter has 50% English, 37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish, 6.25% Spanish, 6.25% likely Irish and French ancestry.
Helena Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966, in London, the United Kingdom. Helena Bonham Carter was born in a well-known noble family. Her father, Raymond Bonham Carter, who came from a prominent British political family, was a merchant banker and served as the alternative British director representing the Bank of England at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist who is of three-quarters Jewish background, and whose own parents were diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón and painter Baroness Hélène Fould-Springer. She has two older brothers, Edward and Thomas.
Her childhood was traumatic. Her mother had a serious nervous breakdown and took three years to recover. Her father suffered complications during a surgery to remove a tumor which left him half-paralyzed. With her brothers at college, Bonham Carter was left to help her mother cope. She later studied her father's movements and mannerisms for her role in The Theory of Flight. She lived with her parents in the family home until her early thirties. She claimed it was simply because she had a very good relationship with them.
Helena took advantage of her mother's origins (half French, half Spanish) and now, she speaks fluently French. But her bilingual experience is not the only gift Helena Bonham-Carter has. She also was a good poetess when she was younger, indeed she participated in a poetry contest in her (tens) and won the prize, which was cash money.