Oct 15
2019

Helen Mirren is no stranger to playing powerful female rulers operating in the world of men. Her latest endeavor, Catherine the Great, is no different as she brings the story of the extraordinary 18th century Russian Empress to life in the upcoming HBO limited series. At the New Yorker festival screening of the first episode, Mirren was joined by co-star Jason Clarke, who plays Catherine’s military leader and lover Grigory Potemkin, for a Q&A moderated by Juilliard Drama Director Evan Yionoulis. While the four-part series charts Catherine’s shaky beginnings as a ruthless but progressive empress following a coup that overthrew her late husband, it equally follows Catherine’s passionate love affair with Potemkin and its sweeping impact on the Russian empire. Read on for four takeaways about the series, including its inspirations and some surprising similarities.

Unlike Catherine the Great when she took power, Helen Mirren has Russian roots.

While Catherine herself was Prussian-born, making the scope of her rule even more extraordinary, Mirren is Russian on her father’s side. Her paternal grandfather was a member of the Russian Imperial Army and her original family name was “Mironoff.” “I was made aware of Russian history by my grandfather when I was 7 or 8, listening to him tell stories of the dacha and where the horses were kept,” Mirren recalls. “And he’d tell of a sleigh ride that took four days from Moscow to our family estates in Russia.” These tales gave Mirren an early start, but it wasn’t until later in life when she began reading Russian history that she became specifically fascinated with Catherine the Great.

Catherine’s real-life letters were a valuable source of research for Mirren and Clarke.

Catherine and Potemkin’s correspondence, which still exists, proved to be a treasure trove of information about an era predating photos and videos. The letters of love and yearning when Potemkin was away at war fighting the Turks provided a script for Mirren and Clarke’s characters to follow. “They were so intimate, so sweet, but at the same time you could see their jealousy and their angst — you saw the whole relationship beautifully expressed in those letters,” Mirren said. “You could see the way he made her laugh, and her sexual obsession with him, but it was true love.” “You see in what they wrote that she was the center of his universe,” Clarke agreed. “He just couldn’t get enough of this woman on all different levels. Initially she was his teacher and educator; then he was her attack dog or war man. Their relationship was incredible, like nothing I’d ever read.”

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Oct 14
2019

She’s played royalty so often, sometimes we forget Dame Helen Mirren isn’t a real queen. She may as well be – and it seems the beloved actress had the same idea at the premiere of her new regally inspired mini-series “Catherine the Great” where she was carried along the red carpet in a golden sedan chair by four burly blokes. With millions of dollars worth of Chopard diamonds dripping from her ears and neck and her enviable figure clad in couture, Helen would have put a real royal to shame – not that she’d ever behave like a royal. She’s the woman Michael Parkinson once labelled a “sex queen” who projected a “sluttish eroticism” – but who decades later won an Oscar for portaying no less then The Queen. You can read the full article of Helen’s recent cover story in the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – Woman’s Weekly (New Zealand, October 14, 2019)

Oct 03
2019

The promotion for “Catherine the Great” is in full swing and there have been many interviews with Helen Mirren and articles posted on the HBO/Sky miniseries. The press coverage is really extensive with seven new cover stories throughout the week. Most of them are coming from the United Kingdom – including new covers from Radio Times and Woman & Home – as well as a stunning cover and inside story from Canada’s Zoomer Magazine. All last added magazines are listed below with links to the photo gallery. Enjoy reading!



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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Woman & Home (United Kingdom, November 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Radio Times (United Kingdom, October 03, 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – TV Ilta Sanomat (Finland, October 03, 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Zoomer Magazine (Canada, October 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Emmy Magazine (USA, October 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Super Tele (Spain, September 28, 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – Saturday (United Kingdom, September 28, 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – TV & Satellite Week (United Kingdom, September 28, 2019)

Oct 03
2019

To promote “Catherine the Great” in the UK, Helen Mirren has been interviewed on various daytime programs, including Sky News, The Andrew Marr Show, and, just this morning, Lorraine. All appearances can be found in the video archive.

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Video Archive – Talkshows – Lorraine (2019)
Video Archive – News Segments – The Andrew Marr Show (2019)
Video Archive – News Segments – Sky News (2019)

Oct 03
2019

Lots and lots of new production stills from “Catherine the Great” have been added to the photo gallery, including many wonderful promotional pictures of Helen as well as new posters. For a complete overview, have a look at the list below.



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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Catherine the Great – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Catherine the Great – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Catherine the Great – Posters & Key-Art