Bonham Carter was born on May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England. Her mother, Elena (née Propper de Callejón), is a psychotherapist.

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.

Helena Bonham Carter's Family Tree