Helen Mirren, successful actress
Helen Mirren is one of the best known and most respected actresses with an international career, who has won an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards.
She is the only actress ever to have portrayed both Queens of England, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II, on the screen.
Helen was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2003. Mirren was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2013. There is her waxwork at Madame Tussauds London.
Helen was born Helen Lydia Mironoff on July 26, 1945 in London. Her father, Vasiliy Mironov, was of Russian origin, and her mother, Kitty, was English. Helen’s father changed the family name to Mirren in the 1950s. Mirren was the second of three children.
Helen began her career playing Cleopatra with the National Youth Theatre and in the latter half of the 1960s she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mirren has also appeared in a large number of films throughout her career. Helen played her debut film role in Michael Powell’s Age of Consent. Other early work included Caligula, but her breakthrough role came in John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday. She also starred in O Lucky Man! , Excalibur, Cal, White Nights, Mosquito Coast, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and many others .
Mirren played the police detective Jane Tennison on the praised ITV series Prime Suspect for a total of seven seasons from 1991 to 2006.
During her career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and television series. Mirren played a Queen a total of six times: The Queen (2006), Elizabeth I (2005), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Snow Queen (1995), The Madness of King George (1994), and Kaligula (1979).
On 15 February 2013, at the Gielgud Theatre she began a turn as Elizabeth II in the World Premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience.
During the early 1980s Mirren lived with an actor Liam Neeson, whom she met whilst working on Excalibur (1981).
On December 31, 1997 Helen married American director Taylor Hackford (her partner since 1986). They had met on the set of White Nights. She has no children and says she has “no maternal instinct whatsoever.”
Helen’s autobiography “In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures” was published by Orion Books in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.
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