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Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren DBE was born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov on July 26, 1945, in Ilford, Essex, England. Helen’s grandfather Piotr Vasilievich Mironoff was a Tsarist (White Russian) aristocrat who was in London negotiating an arms deal for the World War I when the 1917 Russian Revolution stranded him there. His wife and son (Helen’s father) joined him in London. The daughter of a Russian father and a British mother, Helen’s birth name was changed while she was a child. Her father changed the family name to ‘Mirren’ in the 1950’s, to blend in with the British Society.
He played the viola with the London Philharmonic before World War II and, after it, drove a cab and was a driving-test examiner. Kathleen Rogers (Helen’s mother), was the thirteenth of fourteen children born to a butcher whose father had been the butcher to Queen Victoria.
Mirren went to Catholic girls’ school, ‘St. Bernard’s High School’, in Southend-on-Sea, and due to her parents’ demands for her to ensure a career (She used to work in Southend on Sea; Essex; UK at an amusement park “The Kursaal” as a “blagger” to attract customers on to rides), went on to a teaching college in London. From the age of 13 when she played Caliban in a school production of “The Tempest,” Helen Mirren knew she wanted to be an actress, so She didn’t stay long at the college. At age 18, she auditioned for a stint at North London’s National Youth Theatre. She was accepted and went on to play Cleopatra in a production revolving around the famed Egyptian queen’s life. Helen went on to appear in many stage plays at Britain’s prestigious Old Vic Theatre.

Thereafter, she went from strength to strength – performing in Theatre, TV and Film – showing her true talent to be extremely flexible to many different roles. She has won many awards – some of these include:

She starred in the musical play Teeth ‘n’ Smiles by David Hare, as the chanteuse Maggie, at the Royal Court in September 1975. It was revived at Wyndham’s Theatre in May 1976 and won her the Plays & Players award, voted by the London critics, when it was revived at Wyndham’s Theatre in May 1976.

She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her Leading Role in Losing Chase, in 1997.

Helen Mirren won two Golden Globes for The Queen and Elizabeth I and also won two SAG awards the same year for the same roles. This makes her the third actor to win two Golden Globes in the same year, and the first ever to win for both leading roles in TV and film in the same year. She is one of only two actresses (the other is Helen Hunt) to win a Golden Globe, an Oscar and an Emmy for performances given in the same year.

Petite and blonde, Mirren exuded confidence and a sultry appeal. No one has been considered super-sexy and hugely talented for quite as long as Helen. She’s been one of the UK’s top thespians, a star of stage and screen, and a hot pin-up for over 35 years. She’s still being voted for the world’s most prestigious acting awards, and still being talked about as a sex symbol, even though she is over 60!

Other info…..

Ø Mirren married American director Taylor Hackford (her partner since 1986), in the Scottish Highlands on 31 December 1997, his 53rd birthday. It was her first marriage, and his second. She has lived with him, in Los Angeles since 1986. Mirren has no children and says she has “no maternal instinct whatsoever.”

Ø Her great-great-great-great-grandfather was the Russian field-marshal Mikhail Kamensky, one of the heroes of the Napoleonic wars.

Ø She was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire on 5th December 2003. When she received the honour, she stated that she felt wary about accepting the award and had to be persuaded by fellow comrades to accept the DBE. Previously in 1996 she had declined a CBE.

Ø Voted Britain’s sexiest female pensioner. (2006)

Ø “Well, the brutality of the system is terrifying because it is seen just as a commercial venture and actors and actresses are seen as just a commodity. That’s an accepted reality in Hollywood. That’s why I don’t work there. I can’t accept that and they can’t accept me. We don’t fit.”- Helen Mirren, on the Hollywood system.

Her acting career as at 2007:

Inkheart (2007)
Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (TV) (2006)
The Queen (2006)
Elizabeth I (TV) (2005)
Shadowboxer (2005)
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (TV, as herself) (2005)
Trailer For A Remake Of Gore Vidal’s Caligula (short) (2005)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Voice) (2005)
Third Watch (TV series, one episode) (2005)
Pride (TV, voice) (2004)
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (TV) (2004)
Frasier (TV series, one episode, voice) (2004)
The Clearing (2004)
Raising Helen (2004)
Calendar Girls (2003)
The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone (TV) (2003)
Georgetown (TV series) (2002)
Door To Door (TV) (2002)
No Such Thing (2002)
Gosford Park (2002)
Last Orders (2002)
The Pledge (2001)
French And Saunders Spring Special (TV) (2000)
Happy Birthday (2000)
Greenfingers (2000)
The Passion Of Ayn Rand (TV) (1999)
Helen Mirren In South Africa (TV) (1999)
French And Saunders (TV series, one episode) (1999)
Teaching Mrs Tingle (1999)
Sidoglio Smithee (as herself) (1998)
Tracey Takes On (TV series, one episode) (1998)
Prince Of Egypt (voice) (1998)
Critical Care (1997)
The Painted Lady (TV miniseries) (1997)
The Great War (TV miniseries, voice) (1996)
Prime Suspect 5: Errors Of Judgment (TV miniseries) (1996)
French And Saunders (TV series, one episode) (1996)
Losing Chase (1996)
Some Mother’s Son (1996)
Reading Rainbow (TV series, as herself, voice) (1995)
Prime Suspect 4: Scent Of Darkness (TV) (1995)
Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circles (TV) (1995)
Prime Suspect 4: The Lost Child (TV) (1995)
The Snow Queen (voice) (1995)
The Madness Of King George (1994)
Prince Of Jutland (1994)
A Friend In New Orleans (TV, as herself) (1993)
The Hawk (1993)
Prime Suspect 3 (TV miniseries) (1992)
Prime Suspect 2 (TV miniseries) (1992)
Where Angels Fear To Tread (1991)
The Hidden Room (TV series, one episode) (1991)
The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)
Prime Suspect (TV miniseries) (1990)
Dr Bethune (1990)
When The Whales Came (1989)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)
Red King, White Knight (TV) (1989)
Pascali’s Island (1988)
People Of The Forest: The Chimps Of Gombe (TV, narrator) (1988)
Cause Celebre (TV) (1987)
Invocation: Maya Deren (voice) (1987)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Coming Through (1985)
The Gospel According To Vic (1985)
The Twilight Zone (TV series, one episode) (1985)
White Nights (1985)
Cal (1984)
Faerie Tale Theatre: The Little Mermaid (TV) (1984)
2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984)
Cymbeline (TV) (1983)
Play For Today: Soft Targets (TV) (1982)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV) (1981)
Excalibur (1981)
Priest Of Love (1981)
Mrs Reinhardt (TV) (1981)
The Fiendish Plot Of Dr Fu Manchu (1980)
Hussy (1980)
Caligula (1979)
Play For Today: Blue Remembered Hills (TV) (1979)
The Long Good Friday (1979)
The Quiz Kid (1979)
SOS Titanic (TV) (1979)
As You Like It (TV) (1978)
The Collection (TV) (1975)
Hamlet (TV) (1975)
Play Of The Month: The Little Minister (TV) (1975)
Play Of The Month: The Changeling (TV) (1975)
A Coffin For The Bride (TV) (1974)
O Lucky Man! (1973)
Savage Messiah (1972)
Miss Julie (1972)
Cousin Bette (TV miniseries) (1971)
Colpo Rovente (1969)
Age Of Consent (1969)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968)
The Extravaganza Of Golgotha Smutts (1967)
Herostratus (1967)

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