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Helena touts herself after Bifa win

Helena Bonham Carter used her double win at the Moet British Independent Film Awards to tout herself to potential employers.

The 44-year-old actress was recognised with the Richard Harris award for her outstanding contribution to British film, as well as best supporting actress for her turn as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech at the ceremony at London's Old Billingsgate Market.

Helena, who has two children with director Tim Burton, said: "I don't just work for the boyfriend, and I am very much available for work. Not just supporting roles, leads would be great too."

Despite enjoying success in blockbusters like the Harry Potter series, Alice In Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, she said: "I've been around for some time now, and maybe this is a hint that it's time to stop - but I'm not."

She acknowledged her stellar career: "I've had a great time working. It's our luck that we get to make a living doing what we do.

"We get to be someone else and get paid for it. Sometimes in the independent sector, you don't get much money but I don't care because that's where you get the best scripts and the best parts. I'm so incredibly lucky to keep on working."

She also thanked her other half: "I have to thank the boyfriend because he's given me so many good parts, from chimpanzees to a queen with big head."

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