Helen Mirren

British actor Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren, DBE is an English actor. She has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards.
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Birthday
26 July 1945
home town
Hammersmith
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Inside The Winchester Mystery House
NPR - 14 days
Winchester, starring Helen Mirren, is a new and frightening paranormal tale about one of the most haunted houses in America: the Winchester mansion.
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Helen Mirren channels spirits for 'Winchester'
Reuters.com - 15 days
Helen Mirren celebrates the launch of 'Winchester', the film about Sarah Winchester's haunted house, with a premiere and a psychic reading in Los Angeles. Rollo Ross reports.
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Helen Mirren does what she can to enliven the creaky haunted-house thriller 'Winchester'
LATimes - 15 days
Whenever a movie opens in wide release without screening in advance for critics, those of us with a professional duty to seek it out immediately brace ourselves — not without some eagerness — for an experience of epic, unprecedented awfulness. Once in a while our expectations are satisfied — I...
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Helen Mirren on the legend of legend of Sarah Winchester
Fox News - 17 days
Academy Award winner plays the heiress of a firearms fortune in the supernatural thriller 'Winchester.'
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'Winchester' ghost story stars Helen Mirren
CNN - 18 days
Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke star in 'Winchester,' based on the legendary mansion built by the rifle magnate's widow in California.
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Helen Mirren welcomes the Time's Up movement and the anti-gun vibe of horror film 'Winchester'
LATimes - 23 days
On a bright Los Angeles morning a few days after the Golden Globes, Helen Mirren — dressed impeccably in black while discussing her latest film, the haunted-house tale “Winchester” — arrived at an unexpected concern: the fate of all those poor Stormtroopers in the “Star Wars” movies. “I saw [‘The...
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Helen Mirren Finds Out She's Younger Than She Thought, Has Best Reaction
Huffington Post - about 1 month
"This is fantastic. This is amazing. I've just made a whole year."
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WATCH: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland talk Oscars honor, #TimesUp movement, Golden Globes and more
ABC News - about 1 month
Sutherland spoke about being honored by Whoopi Goldberg; Mirren spoke about #TimesUp at the Golden Globes.
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'The Leisure Seeker' sticks to the trite and true
LATimes - 2 months
Better screen representation for older actors starts with not making movies like “The Leisure Seeker,” a soggy East Coast road trip saga in which Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland valiantly pretend that rogue treatment of debilitating illnesses has its funny/endearing side. They play the Spencers...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Helen Mirren
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 69
    In 2015, Mirren reunited with her former assistant Simon Curtis on Woman in Gold, co-starring Ryan Reynolds.
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    On the 7th of June 2015‚ Mirren won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play‚ for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience which also won her the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Actress and made her one of the few actors to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting”, joining the ranks of legends including Ingrid Bergman‚ Dame Maggie Smith, and Al Pacino.
    In 2015 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, after two previous nominations, for her performance in The Audience, in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II.
  • 2014
    Age 68
    Mirren's only film of 2014 was the comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey opposite Indian actor Om Puri.
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  • 2013
    Age 67
    In August 2013, Mirren was announced as one of several new models for Marks & Spencer's 'Womanism' campaign.
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    Mirren was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.
    Also in 2013, Mirren voiced the character of Dean Abigail Hardscrabble in Pixar's computer-animated comedy film Monsters University, which grossed $743 million against its estimated budget of $200 million, and reprised her role in the sequel film Red 2.
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    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.
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    In 2013, Mirren was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2014, BAFTA announced that Mirren would be the recipient of the Academy Fellowship.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    On 11 May 2010, Mirren attended the unveiling of her waxwork at Madame Tussauds London.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    In a GQ interview in 2008, Mirren stated she had been date raped as a student and had often taken cocaine at parties in her 20s, and until the 1980s.
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  • 2007
    Age 61
    Mirren's autobiography, In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures, was published in the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in September 2007.
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    Mirren won another Emmy Award on 16 September 2007 for her role in Prime Suspect: The Final Act on PBS in the same category as in 2006.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    She also played Elizabeth I in 2005, in the television serial Elizabeth I, for Channel 4 and HBO, for which she received an Emmy Award.
  • 2003
    Age 57
    The following year, Mirren replaced Bette Midler in David Mamet's biographical television film Phil Spector about the American musician. The HBO film focuses on the relationship between Spector and his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Mirren, during the first of his two murder trials for the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson in his California mansion.
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    In 2003, Mirren starred in Nigel Cole's comedy Calendar Girls, inspired by the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes.
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  • 2001
    Age 55
    Her biggest critical and commercial success, released in 2001, became Robert Altman's all-star ensemble mystery film Gosford Park.
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  • 2000
    Age 54
    In 2000 Nicholas Hytner, who had worked with Mirren on the film version of The Madness of King George, cast her as Lady Torrance in his revival of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
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  • 1998
    Age 52
    In 1998, Mirren played Cleopatra to Alan Rickman's Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 49
    Mirren was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Play): in 1995 for her Broadway debut in A Month in the Country, now directed by Scott Ellis ("Miss Mirren's performance is bigger and more animated than the one she gave last year in an entirely different London production", Vincent Canby in the NY Times, 26 April 1995). Then again in 2002 for August Strindberg's Dance of Death, co-starring with Sir Ian McKellen, their fraught rehearsal period coinciding with the terrorist attacks on New York on 11 September 2001 (as recorded in her In the Frame autobiography, September 2007).
  • 1994
    Age 48
    A further stage breakthrough came in 1994, in an Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production bound for the West End, when Bill Bryden cast her as Natalya Petrovna in Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country.
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  • 1989
    Age 43
    After a relatively barren sojourn in the Hollywood Hills, she returned to England at the beginning of 1989 to co-star with Bob Peck at the Young Vic in the London premiere of the Arthur Miller double-bill, Two Way Mirror, performances which prompted Miller to remark: "What is so good about English actors is that they are not afraid of the open expression of large emotions" (interview by Sheridan Morley: The Times 11 January 1989).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 37
    In her performance as Moll Cutpurse in The Roaring Girl—at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in January 1983, and at the Barbican Theatre in April 1983—she was described as having "swaggered through the action with radiant singularity of purpose, filling in areas of light and shade that even Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker omitted." – Michael Coveney, Financial Times, April 1983.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    In 1981, she returned to the Royal Court for the London premiere of Brian Friel's Faith Healer.
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    At the RSC in Stratford in 1977, and at the Aldwych the following year, she played a steely Queen Margaret in Terry Hands' production of the three parts of Henry VI, while 1979 saw her 'bursting with grace', and winning acclaim for her performance as Isabella in Peter Gill's production of Measure for Measure at Riverside Studios.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    Beginning in November 1975, Mirren played in West End repertory with the Lyric Theatre Company as Nina in The Seagull and Ella in Ben Travers' new farce The Bed Before Yesterday ("Mirren is stirringly voluptuous as the Harlowesque good-time girl": Michael Billington, The Guardian, 10 December 1975).
    At the Royal Court Theatre in September 1975, she played the role of a rock star named Maggie in Teeth 'n' Smiles, a musical play by David Hare; she reprised the role the following year in a revival of the play at Wyndham's Theatre in May 1976.
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  • 1974
    Age 28
    She then rejoined the RSC, playing Lady Macbeth at Stratford in 1974 and at the Aldwych Theatre in 1975.
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  • 1972
    Age 26
    In 1972 and 1973, Mirren worked with Peter Brook's International Centre for Theatre Research, and joined the group's tour in North Africa and the US, during which they created The Conference of the Birds.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    In 1970, the director/producer John Goldschmidt made a documentary film, Doing Her Own Thing, about Mirren during her time with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    She also appeared in four productions, directed by Braham Murray for Century Theatre at the University Theatre in Manchester, between 1965 and 1967.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on July 26, 1945.
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