Helen Mirren was born Ilyena Lydia Mironoff to a Russian father and an English mother. She started acting in school plays. In her teens, she joined the National Youth Theatre. At 18, she landed the lead in Antony & Cleopatra at the Old Vic theatre in London. At 20, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She made a name for herself in theatre before branching into movie and TV acting roles. She has become a versatile actress starring in movies ranging from Excalibur to The Queen.Read more facts
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