BIG FISH star Helena Bonham Carter has discovered being a parent has many perks - including strengthening her relationship with her own mother.

The English rose gave birth to her first baby Billy Ray with director beau Tim Burton last year (03), and a side effect of the new arrival has been a stronger bond between herself and mum ELENA.

And now Bonham Carter's father RAYMOND has passed away, the two women are lending each other even more support.

Helena enthuses, "It has opened up another realm in our relationship because I perceive her in a different light now I've had a baby of my own."

29/01/2004 17:02