For the past six decades, Helen Mirren's career has successfully shifted from a respected theatre actress to an iconic fixture on British television to a beloved Hollywood star. Her celebrated range of work has earned her the triple crown of acting - an Academy Award for "The Queen", a Tony Award for "The Audience" and numerous Emmys, including for her iconic performance in "Prime Suspect". The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and video clips. Enjoy your stay and check back soon.
A first look image of Helen Mirren as eccentric firearms heiress, Sarah Winchester has emerged online, with Mirren looking eerily scary in her Victorian costume reminiscent of the Queens grandmother, Queen Mary. Winchester tells the story of the eccentric firearm heiress, Sarah Winchester who believed she was being haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24/7 construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. A sceptical San Francisco psychiatrist soon learns her obsession may not be insane. In an interview with People Magazine Mirren divulged she didn’t actually believe in ghosts; “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do believe people can be haunted, and Sarah Winchester is a haunted person. That was the appeal in the role.” The film which is currently in production and directed by Daybreakers Michael and Peter Spierig will be shot at the actual Winchester mansion in San Jose, California. The Spierigs say Winchester tells a different sort of ghost story. Michael Spierig says the heiress, who died in 1922, “was an intelligent woman and a little misunderstood,” while Peter Spierig went on to say in the same interview: “Sarah Winchester is quite a remarkable woman, and the idea of her being just a crazy person who was haunted by ghosts is not the full story. Helen Mirren, in particular, I think is great in portraying that … It’s about a woman who is deeply troubled by the violence of the rifle and what she inherited. She’s trying to come to terms with that.”
You won’t believe it, but the Easter Bunny has dropped some very rare clips to the new video archive. In best Eastern tradition, you’ll have to search for the new clips, but I give you some hints. Since most of the new additions are some the 60s to 80s, you’ll find them on the last pages of each category. I could also imagine there’s a new section in the career category called Miscellaneous performances, featuring videos from “Troilus and Cressida”, “Teeth ‘n’ Smiles” and “The Duchess of Malfi”. Enjoy the new clips!
In the past few weeks, I have worked behind the scenes to bring a new, mobile friendly video archive to the Helen Mirren Archives. The old one has stopped working a while ago on mobile devices, so I’m happy to finally launch the new archive. All the clips from the old archive are uploaded, over 900 in total! And there are still a lot of additional clips waiting to be added. From Helen’s first appearance in 1967’s Herostratus to today’s releasing The Fate of the Furious, all of her projects are covered with trailers, featurettes – as well as talkshow appearances, awards ceremonies, news appearances and television specials. My thanks to MonicaN for providing the plugin. Enjoy!
The first footage of Helen Mirren as Magdalene Shaw, the mother of Deckard (Jason Statham) and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), has been released. In the few brief snippets, we first see Magdalene meet with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in a dimly-let bar. She asks him, “”And why do I think you’re about to suggest something very wicked, Mr. Toretto?” In the second snippet, she slaps her son, Deckard, and happily says: “There’s my boy!” Back in March 2015, Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) let it be known that her “great ambition” was to be in a part of the Fast and Furious franchise, because she thinks Diesel is brilliant and desperately wants to play a “mad driver.” Three months later, when asked about her comments, Diesel said he would be interested in getting her in the next film and described her as “amazing.” However, she didn’t officially become part of The Fate of the Furious until a year ago. “She came up to me at a party last year and said, ‘I want to be in Fast & Furious with you,’” Diesel told Total Film. “The script was [already] greenlit, but she told the right person because a week later she got written in.” The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters April 14, 2017.
A nice batch of additional pictures from the 80s and 90s have been added to the photo gallery – ranging from the 1987 Evening Standard British Film Awards to the 1994 Primetime Emmy Awards to the 1997 Golden Globes Awards, and pretty much in between. To view all last added pictures, have a look at the previews below.
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1999 – 51st Annual Emmy Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1998 – ELLE Style Awards
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – Cannes Film Festival – Opening Night
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1997 – 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1995 – “Absolutely Fabulous” Screening
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1994 – Ivor Novello Awards
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1994 – 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 1987 – Evening Standard British Film Awards