The Library of London has announced Helena Bonham Carter as its first female president in the library’s 181-year history.
The actress, known for the Harry Potter films and The Crown series, took over from British lyricist and author Sir Tim Rice on Tuesday.
Bonham Carter, who has been a member of the library since 1986, said: “The library is truly a place like no other, inspiring and supporting writers for over 180 years, many of them following a different path. somehow informed my own career and that of actors everywhere.
“The library’s unique resources, history, and membership help connect the great literary works of the past with those of the future, and I’m proud to support the incredible base and this important.”
The London Library says Bonham Carter’s career links her to previous members of the organization.
She rose to fame in 1985 playing Lucy Honeychurch in the film adaptation of the novel A Room With A View, written by former Library vice president EM Forster.
Later, Bonham Carter played Miss Havisham in founding member Charles Dickens in 2012 and Eudoria Holmes in Enola Holmes based on characters created by librarian Arthur Conan Doyle.
In its history, social theorist Harriet Martineau, Christabel Pankhurst elector and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, have served as members pellets.
Membership has also been taken up by writers Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, Daphne du Maurier, Muriel Spark and Beryl Bainbridge, actress Diana Rigg and artist Vanessa Bell.
Philip Marshall, director of the London Library said: “With a passion for books and stories and a lifelong love of libraries, Helena is the perfect place to promote this tremendous resource to creators and curious.”
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Bonham Carter has been appointed to the honorary position by the Library trustees and will now host the library’s Christmas party.
She’s also interested in working on the library’s emerging writers and school programs.
This ends the five-year tenure of Sir Tim, who is best known for his work on shows like Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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