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 for The Audience, numerous Emmys, including for her iconic performance in Prime Suspect - and, since 2003, an appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Now in its fifth year online, The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and videos. Enjoy your stay, and check back soon.
  March 12th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford and their grandson were among the many celebrity guests at yesterday’s world-premiere of Disney’s live-action version of “Dumbo”. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.


  March 10th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren will be featured in a documentary about HandMade Films by AMC, entitled “An Accidental Studio” and slated to release on May 04, 2019. While her appearance is listed as “archival footage”, let’s hope it’s a great vintage interview she did for “The Long Good Friday” instead of film clips. This feature length documentary tells how ardent Monty Python fan George Harrison was drawn into the industry by rescuing Life of Brian when funding fell apart at the last minute, and how his company, HandMade Films, then went on to dominate the British movie scene with its ethos of making maverick films that everyone else had rejected. After pursuing separate projects on the story of HandMade Films, producer-directors Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Kim Leggatt combined forces. Their documentary features new, exclusive interviews with the likes of Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and others in the HandMade story. DCD Rights CEO Nicky Davies Williams says additional effort was made to find previously unseen, unheard interviews with Harrison and others who were important to HandMade’s success, like Bob Hoskins. “In this way, the film gives new life to every voice in the story and provides the viewer with something they have never seen before.”

  March 2nd, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The day after the Academy Awards, Helen Mirren was a guest at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center in New York to talk about “Woman in Gold” and the story behind the film. Reality became a perfect film plot: A stunning Gustav Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a Jewish society woman in Vienna in the early 20th century, was stolen by the Nazis in Austria in 1941. Six decades later, declaring that theft irrelevant, the Austrian government refused to return the painting to the woman’s niece. But the 81-year-old, who’d fled Vienna during the Holocaust, refused to be a victim again and fought back… all the way to the US Supreme Court. Helen Mirren, who received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for playing Maria Altman, discussed the ironic transformation of the portrait of a Jewish woman into an Austrian national treasure, her niece’s long legal battle and the importance of pursuing truth. Pictures from the conversation have been added to the photo gallery.

  February 25th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The 91st Annual Academy Awards are happening in Hollywood as we speak and Helen Mirren – who will be presenting an award tonight – has been photographed on the red carpet. Have a look at the first additions to the photo gallery below and check back later for more updates. Edit: Helen Mirren and Jason Momoa were the second presenters of the evening, handing out Oscars for the Best Documentary. Lots of pictures from both the red carpet and the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery.


Besides the photo additions, three video clips have been added to the video archive. ABC has interviewed Helen twice on the red carpet – both interviews have been added, as well as her presentation of the best documentary feature alongside Jason Momoa.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2019 – Academy Awards – Arrivals
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Video Archive – Awards Shows – 91st Annual Academy Awards (2019)
Video Archive – News Segments – ABC All Access Red Carpet (2019)
Video Archive – News Segments – ABC Road to the Oscars (2019)

  February 21st, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Variety, the executive producer of anthology film “Berlin, I Love You” is engaged in a war of words with Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose contribution to the movie was left on the cutting-room floor. Ai contends that the segment he shot for “Berlin, I Love You” was axed by the producers for political reasons, out of fear of upsetting Chinese officials. But Emmanuel Benbihy, the film’s Shanghai-based executive producer, says that Ai’s segment did not meet the requirements for inclusion and that the award-winning artist is obsessed with criticizing China. “Berlin, I Love You,” whose short takes feature such stars as Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley, was submitted to the Berlin Film Festival but failed to land a slot, even out of competition or in one of the fest’s sidebars. Instead, it began its commercial career with a Feb. 8 theatrical release, handled by Saban Films, in the U.S. To Ai’s surprise, the finished picture left out the segment he shot in 2015, long before contributions from Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger and nine others went before the cameras. Ai directed his piece remotely, issuing instructions by video-call, while under house arrest in China, to Claus Clausen, the Germany-based producer of the film, who co-directed. (Ai later relocated permanently to Berlin.) The segment focuses on a boy, played by Ai’s son, who discovers a new city and uses unreliable technology to keep in touch with his distant father. The complete story can be read over at Variety.