22/02/2012 07:45 GMT | Updated 22/02/2012 09:55 GMT

Helena Bonham Carter Made CBE By The Queen At Buckingham Palace

Helena Bonham Carter has been made a CBE by the Queen to recognise her glittering acting career.

The actress received the award during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony but declined to speak to the waiting press after receiving the honour.

She was dressed in a striking red tartan patterned dress and had a miniature top hat perched on her head.

Helena, who has twice been Oscar-nominated, made her name with a string of appearances in Merchant Ivory films which saw her typecast early on as an English rose restricted to period dramas.

But appearances in Hollywood blockbusters including Fight Club, Planet Of The Apes and the Harry Potter films soon put paid to that.

Her individual sense of style - she famously walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes wearing one red shoe and one green one - has also garnered her newspaper column inches.

It was while filming the re-make of Planet Of The Apes that she met her partner, director Tim Burton, and she has gone on to star in several of his films including Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland.

The couple, who have two children, were photographed last year enjoying a New Year's Day walk with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, and were believed to have seen in the new year at Chequers.

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