Nine Strange Coincidences Between Kate Winslet and Helena Bonham Carter

Both played Emma Thompson’s sister

In honor of these two recently Oscar-nominated English actresses, I thought I'd take a little time out from talking about my movie Foreign Correspondents to have some fun with the List of 9.

  1. Both actresses made their big screen debuts as historical characters. (KW as Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures, HBC as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane)
  2. Both have portrayed Ophelia in screen adaptations of Hamlet. (KW in the Branagh version, HBC in the Zeffirelli/Mel Gibson version)
  3. Both had to endure love scenes with Kenneth Branagh. (KW again in Hamlet, HBC in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein)
  4. Both have played Emma Thompson's sister. (KW in Sense and Sensibility, HBC in Howards End)
  5. Both have played Americans. (KW in Titanic, HBC in Mighty Aphrodite)
  6. Both have done voices for animated films. (KW in Faeries, HBC in Carnivale)
  7. Both have played the lovers of famous murderers. (KW again in Heavenly Creatures as Pauline Parker's soulmate, HBC as Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina in the TV movie Fatal Deception)
  8. Both have spent the vast majority of their careers acting in period dramas. (Films too numerous to mention)
  9. Both have been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for 1997 films that take place in the 1910s, where each actress plays a young single woman of means who defies her elder female guardian's wishes and pursues a passionate romance with a working-class man instead of marrying a boring, wealthy heel, and winds up getting naked at some point. (KW in Titanic, HBC in Wings of the Dove)