Typecast as: Any eccentric female in a Tim Burton film
Notable examples: Big Fish, Sweeny Todd, Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland
It's a Hollywood tradition that any actress who is dating a director is secured gigs for life, and when Helena Bonham Carter shacked up with Tim Burton, she saw her career really take off. Since then, she’s been a staple in nearly every Burton film, usually playing the same exact character over and over.
In Big Fish, Sweeny Todd, Dark Shadows, and Alice in Wonderland, Carter plays almost identical roles as she always winds up as the token crazed female in each. Sometimes she's a villain, sometimes she's just a supporting role, but she's always eccentric and completely over-the-top. We’re pretty sure that Carter’s typical crazed female role from the Burton films helped land her the part of the bonkers Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series as well.
It’s hard to believe that Carter started out her career being typecast often as 19th and early 20th century heroines, but now she's been typecast again in a different niche altogether, thanks to Tim Burton. This multiple typecasting has to be a first for Hollywood.