Helena Bonham Carter has spoken about her relationship with David Cameron, praising his "amazing sense of humour" and saying he is a man of "genuine compassion".
The English actress has known the Prime Minister since his days working as a PR Man at Carlton Communications in the mid-1990s.
In an interview with the Guardian, the star said, "I definitely get to see a side of them that other people don't."
"David Cameron is incredibly witty, incredibly bright and incredibly genuine. But actually both those people [David and Samantha Cameron] are immaculate."
Speaking about the death of the Camerons' six-year son, Ivan, who died in 2009 having suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Bonham-Carter said, "The humanity that they showed when it came to dealing with their son. Both of them, probably because of what happened with Ivan and how they reacted to that, they have an amazing sense of humour and sense of proportion, and they are people to be taken seriously."
Helena Bonham Carter and husband Tim Burton leaving Number 10 Downing Street after a fashion week even hosted by Samantha Cameron in February 2011
"Whatever you think about them as public figures, that they are doing well, or that they're not doing well, there's a lot to be said for the way people handle themselves and their children and their family. And there is a real compassion to Cameron. Maybe that doesn't always come through. And, God knows, he sometimes gets it wrong. But that compassion is genuine."
When asked about how director Tim Burton, Bonham Carter's husband of 12 years, fits in with the Camerons, she replied, "It might seem bizarre, but that's because you're viewing things through stereotypes and wondering how on earth it works".
"Tim is often misrepresented as Edward Scissorhands, but that's obviously not who he is. And he's always had very good instincts when it comes to judging people."
Speaking about the couple's taste in films, Bonham Carter continued, "Amélie was one of the first films that Tim and I saw together, just at the beginning of our relationship"
"I thought at the time: 'Oh, this is great, we love all the same films.' But that was about it. There's not a great deal of crossover, he won't go to a rom-com."
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