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Helen Mirren

Actor, Director Date of birth 26th July 1945
Place of birth London, England
Year of debut 1967
First feature film Herostratus

Awards

  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated4
  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated4
  • Golden Globe Awards won1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated4
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Biography

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.

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Helen Mirren's films

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Packshot for the film RED
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
106 Mins
Released
2010

Retired spies, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich are framed by the CIA. Contains frequent moderate action violence and one use of strong language.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film RED 2
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
113 Mins
Released
2013

Retired CIA agents (Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren) team up to track down a missing nuclear weapon. Moderate action violence and moderate language.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Brighton Rock
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
106 Mins
Released
2010

A young criminal tries to make it to the top of the organised crime world in 1960s Brighton. Strong gangster violence, very strong language and a theme of suicide.

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Did you know?

  • Helen Mirren has a tattoo on her left thumb. She got the tattoo done by an Indian artist when she was touring with a play in Minnesota. On US TV show Good Morning America, she admitted that she was drunk when she got it and now dislikes it.
  • In 1996, she declined a CBE. In 2003, she got the title of Dame when she was awarded a DBE.
  • She has portrayed three queens. She played the title role in TV series Elizabeth I. She played Queen Charlotte in The Madness Of King George and she played Elizabeth II in The Queen.
  • She met Taylor Hackford when he directed her in the 1985 movie White Nights. They got married in 1997.
  • In 2007, she became an honorary patron of the Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - The Queen
  • 4 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2009 Actress in a Leading Role - The Last Station
    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - The Queen
    • 2001 Actress in a Supporting Role - Gosford Park
    • 1994 Actress in a Supporting Role - The Madness Of King George
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - The Queen
  • 4 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - The Queen
    • 2001 Actress in a Supporting Actor - Gosford Park
    • 1995 Actress in a Leading Role - The Madness Of King George
    • 1984 Actress - Cal
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 2007 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Queen
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Last Station
    • 2007 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Queen
    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Calendar Girls
    • 2002 Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Gosford Park