Helena Bonham Carter is a 'steely' Queen Mother
Published 03/11/2010 | 08:35
Helena Bonham Carter sought the advice of Hugo Vickers, the Queen Mother's biographer, for her role in The King's Speech.
Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in the forthcoming film The King's Speech owes much to the biographer Hugo Vickers.
"The Queen Mum is pretty hard because everyone has a fixed idea about her," the actress told me at the Music Industry Trusts Award in Mayfair. "I met a lot of people who knew her; Hugo Vickers, in particular, was very useful. I distilled what I learnt from them."
Vickers says: "I've known Helena's family since the 80s. I showed her several DVDs of the Queen Mother talking at different phases in her life and helped her get the intonations in her voice. She captures her steely wistfulness perfectly." He was later taken on as a historical consultant.