(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: Steve Pratt
Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway discuss the inspirations for Wonderland's Red and White Queens with Steve Pratt - ranging from Elizabeth 1 to a two-year-old and Nigella Lawson THEY'RE sisters but as different as chalk and cheese. The Red Queen is the tyrannical monarch of Underland, much given to ordering people's heads to be chopped off. Her younger sibling, the White Queen, is much nicer but with designs on the throne and crown that sister Iracebeth stole from her.
To play the tyrannical Red Queen in Tim Burton's new film version of Alice In Wonderland, Helena Bonham Carter was inspired by her and Burton's two-year-old daughter Nell.
The Red Queen rules the roost with cries of "Off with their head" if anyone upsets her. Bonham Carter had a few character pointers from director and real life partner …