Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:11:19 GMT | By Phil Boucher
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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter (© AP-Sang Tan)
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Helena has made a career out of playing unconventional, rebellious types. So it is no surprise to hear that the wild-haired one is just as quirky and uncontrollable in her own life.

As a teenager Helena excelled at school and would easily have secured a place at King's College, Cambridge, if it were not for one teensy-weensy little thing: the university officials all thought she'd jack in studying mid-term to pursue her acting career. Which, in fairness, is probably what would have happened.

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