Helena Bonham Carter, one of the stars of Les Miserables, is connected to Victor Hugo, the book's author, by more than just the film. A study by ancestry.com has shown that Hugo was a colleague of French financier and politician Achille Fould, Bonham Carter's first cousin five times removed.

The two men served together, Hugo in the constitutional and legislative assembly, Fould as minister of finance, in the postrevolutionary French government of the 1840s.

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