The Lost Prince: Who's Who

Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn
Helena Bonham Carter

Unwilling to see the crown pass to Mary, his daughter with Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII decided to remarry. The royal breakup set off a political crisis that ended in the creation of the Church of England, which granted Henry a sought-after annulment of his first marriage. He then married the beautiful Anne Boleyn. When she gave birth to a daughter (the future Elizabeth I), however, Henry interpreted it as a bad omen, made all the worse when Anne later miscarried a son. Boleyn's doom was sealed when a court faction fabricated evidence of adultery against her. Shortly before her execution, the Queen's marriage to the King was dissolved. Boleyn was executed privately on May 19, 1536, and buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula adjoining the Tower Green. During renovations of the chapel under the reign of Queen Victoria, her remains were identified. Her final resting place is now marked in the marble floor.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter was born into a family of aristocrats, politicians and film professionals: her great-grandfather was Lord Asquith, liberal Prime Minister; her grandmother was Violet Bonham Carter, a renowned politician, orator and member of the House of Lords, and her grand-uncle was legendary English director Anthony Asquith. Carter was rejected admission to King's College, Cambridge University on the grounds that school officials feared she would leave mid-term to pursue her acting career. Soon after, she proved them right, landing the lead role at in Trevor Nunn's Lady Jane (1986). Bonham Carter made her name in high-profile period pieces such as Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990), The Wings Of The Dove (1997), and the E. M. Forster adaptations A Room With a View (1985), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) and Howards End (1992). Recently she stepped out of the past for roles in Fight Club (1999) with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, Novocaine with Steve Martin, and Planet Of The Apes (2001) and Big Fish (2002), both directed by her boyfriend Tim Burton, with whom she has a son.