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Helena Bonham Carter reveals how copying her classmate’s work led to the start of her career 


‘How I blagged my big break’: Helena Bonham Carter reveals how copying her classmate’s work led to the start of her career

  • Helena Bonham Carter has revealed the start of her career was due to ‘a blag’
  • A stolen poem led to a paycheck of £25 which she then used for a photographer

Helena Bonham Carter has revealed the start of her career was due to ‘a blag’ – after she copied a classmate’s literary work.

The Harry Potter and Sweeney Todd star said a poem she wrote aged 13 that won a WH Smith writing competition was based on a sketch by a fellow pupil. 

She used the £25 winnings to get a photographer to take her picture, which she put in actors’ directory Spotlight.

It led to her big break as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with A View in 1985. 

Helena Bonham Carter has revealed the start of her career was due to 'a blag' – after she copied a classmate's literary work



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