I didn`t research for my role: Helena Bonham Carter

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 10:04 AM IST

London: Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter says she didn`t research for her role in the film `The King`s Speech` and just `sped-read` through history books as there was umpteen material on the royal.

The `Planet of the Apes` star portrays King George VI`s wife Elizabeth in the Oscar-nominated drama, opposite actor Colin Firth as the stammering monarch, Contactmusic reported.

The 44-year-old actress took a short cut through Elizabeth`s early years up until 1939 as she didn`t have enough time to grasp all about Queen Elizabeth II`s mother, who died at the grand old age of 101.

"I just pretended to research. No, the thing is, I`m actually a swot (geek). But the thing about playing the Queen mum is, she did last for a hell of a long time. All the books are really, really thick, and I only had three weeks to prepare. At least I only got up to 1939, so I just sped read. I did not play her in her mid-60s," Carter said.

But thankfully the actress`s lack of research didn`t spoil her performance as she is in the race for the Best Supporting Actress Academy award to be held next month.

PTI