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.
  October 4th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The first-look photo above captures Helen Mirren in all her glory as the famous Russian ruler, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, aka Catherine II, aka “Catherine the Great.” You can view the picture in full resolution in the photo gallery. HBO has partnered with Sky to produce the four-part limited series, which is currently shooting across Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Directed by Philip Martin (who helmed Mirren’s last Emmy-winning performance in “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”) and written by Nigel Williams (who wrote and produced “Elizabeth I,” which won Emmys for both he and Mirren), “Catherine the Great” also stars Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Grigory Potemkin and Joseph Quinn (“Howards End”) as Paul, Catherine’s son and heir. New cast members have also been announced, including: Gina McKee as Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante; Rory Kinnear as Minister Panin, a skillful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son; Richard Roxburgh as Grigory Orlov, one of Catherine’s former lovers, who helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; Kevin R. McNally as Alexei Orlov, who, with his brother Grigory, helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; and Sam Palladio as Alexander Vasilichikov, Catherine’s young lover. Focusing on the final years of her three-plus decades in power, “Catherine the Great” is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures and is an HBO/SKY co-production. No release date has been set. Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy HBO:

Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great, who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century, the limited series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.

  September 25th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Go behind the scenes of Disney’s “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms” in this brand new “Crafting The Realms” featurette. Watch as the cast and crew reveal more about the story and show just how much magic is done behind the scenes! All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. Disney’s “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms” opens November 2nd. The video can be found in the video archive while screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

  September 12th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Many thanks to Joan for guiding me to a great archive of historical theatre information, including lots of unseen pictures of Helen during her years at the Royal Shakespeare company and beyond. All the information will be a great help to update the career pages in the coming days. For now, have a look at these wonderful stills from the classics – Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, Henry V, Richard III and much more. For a complete list, have a look at the overview below. Enjoy!



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Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1983 – The Roaring Girl
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1982 – Antony and Cleopatra
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1979 – Henry VI
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1974 – Macbeth
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1970 – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1970 – Richard III
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1970 – Hamlet
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1968 – Troillus and Cressida
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1968 – Much Ado About Nothing
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1967 – Romeo and Juliet
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1965 – Antony and Cleopatra
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1964 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  August 18th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The last part of the photo gallery – the miscellaneous projects – have been finished and added. These are projects that don’t fit in the other categories, such as voice work and narrations, or tv and advertisment campaigns. And just in time for this update, L’Oreal Paris has posted a new commercial featuring Helen – as the matriarch of the Roots family, also featuring Andie MacDowell, Luma Grothe, Morena Baccarin, Aja Naomi King, Inka & Nele Hope and Jonathan Saxby. You can watch the new commercial below and find everything else in the photo gallery. Enjoy!



  August 16th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A big part of the photo gallery has been finished today. While some of Helen’s more recent television appearances have been added before, most of her older tv appearances have been missing – until now. Over 18.000 screencaptures from television interviews and specials, ranging from as early as 1970 to 2014, have been added, including all of her late night appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, and lots of tv specials on her most famous roles, from “Prime Suspect” to “Calendar Girls” and “The Queen”. All folders can be reached by any of the previews below. The next update will cover the miscellaneous projects – voice work and even more special appearances, so stay tuned. Enjoy the captures!