30/03/2015 12:24 BST | Updated 30/05/2015 10:12 BST

Helena Bonham Carter: My Kids Are 'Unbelievably Clever' Because I Played Them Mozart In The Womb


Helena Bonham Carter says that playing Mozart to her children before they were born made them 'unbelievably clever'.

The Cinderella actress told Classic FM that she started to stimulate her children's learning abilities when she was pregnant and played them music from the classical musician.

The mum-of-two said: "I basically played Mozart and violin concertos again and again because it stimulated the inner ear of the unborn baby.

"And everything that they promised happened to both my children. They came out alert, unbelievably clever, and very relaxed."

Helena, 48, who shares two children – seven-year-old Nell and 11-year-old Billy Ray - with her ex-partner Tim Burton, revealed her passion for classical music to Charlotte Green for the weekly Culture Club.

She said: "I love classical music.

"In fact I often listen to Classic FM. It's the soundtrack to my daily life because I find it really genuinely de-stresses, and I feel it can be a genuine healthy drug."

Finnish researchers discovered in 2013 that babies could remember music they were played in the womb for up to four months.

Scientists at the University of Helsinki said exposure to music in the womb may influence a critical period of brain development.

However, it did warn that those played classical music in the womb may not turn out cleverer than average.

Linda Geddes, author of pregnancy book Bumpology, said at the time of the study: "There is still no good evidence that playing music to your bump will boost your baby's brain development.

"However, research suggests that unborn babies can learn to associate their mother relaxing with a particular song."