Tim Burton, born in 1958, grew up in Burbank California, and would make short stop-motion films in his backyard, leading to his enrollment at the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California, to study character animation. After graduating in 1979, his work got the attention of Disney, who offered him an apprenticeship. After working on conceptual art for the Fox and the Hound, Tron, and the Black Cauldron, Burton began to pursue his own projects while still at the company, releasing Frankenweenie in 1984. Shortly after, Disney fired Burton, as Frankenweenie was created using Disney resources, and the company felt that it would be too dark and scary for children to see. Not long after, actor Paul Reubens saw the film, and asked Burton to direct his first Pee-Wee Herman movie, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, which turned out to be Tim Burton's big break.
Bonham Carter was born in Golders Green, London, and has no formal acting training. She was able to enter the field by winning a national writing contest in 1979 and using the prize to pay for her entry into the actors' Spotlight directory.
Initially, due to her roles playing pre- and early 20th century characters in films like Lady Jane (1986), A Room with a View (1985), and Shakespeare's the Twelfth Night (1996), she has been typecast as a "corset queen" and "English rose" which she has embraced, releasing a fashion line of Victorian style camisoles, mob caps, and bloomers, as well as taking roles as the Queen of England in ITV's mini-series Henry VIII in 2001, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd's accomplice in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Bellatrix Lestrange in the final four Harry Potter films from 2007-2011.
Burton and Bonham Carter met on the set of Burton's film, Planet of the Apes, and they have two children together and own these three adjacent, interconnected homes in Belsize Park, London. The three buildings are set as to be one for her, one for him, and one for their children to play in with their nanny. Burton's gothic office is right around the corner, it once belonged to Arthur Rackham, the celebrated illustrator of "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland".
Tim Burton has a estimated net worth of $140 million and Helena Bonham Carter has a net worth of $30 million.