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 range of work has earned her the triple crown of acting - an Oscar for The Queen, a Tony for The Audience, numerous Emmys - including for her iconic performance in Prime Suspect - and an appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and video clips.
  January 14th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Sad news today, apart from the Academy Awards nominations. Alan Rickman has died in London after losing a cancer battle at the age of 69. The British actor, known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, died surrounded by friends and relatives. A statement from his family read: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.” Rickman played iconic roles in films including Die Hard, Robin Hood and Love Actually. The star was a long-standing member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has won a number of awards including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1998, Rickman and Helen Mirren performed Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. Helen’s upcoming film “Eye in the Sky”, out on March 11, now has the sad distinction of being Alan Rickman’s last project. Entertainment Tonight has released a statement by Helen Mirren on Alan Rickman’s passing:

Alan was a towering person, physically, mentally and as an artist. He was utterly distinctive, with a voice that could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade, and the profile of a Roman Emperor. He was also a great friend, generous and social. He will be very missed by many. (Helen Mirren)

  October 13th, 2015       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Dame Helen Mirren has been named Britain’s most empowering woman, in a poll voted by 2,000 other women. Helen Mirren topped the poll, followed by J.K Rowling, Michelle Obama, Adele, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet who all made the top 10. As part of the poll, commissioned by Lil-Lets, 55 per cent said that empowered stars make them feel more confident about their appearance and the things they do. If anyone could make you feel empowered, it’s Helen Mirren. Not only does she have four Emmys, five Baftas, two Golden Globes, a damehood – but she also speaks perfectly about body image and confidence. ‘I’m a woman that loves make-up and getting dressed up. As I get older, I don’t look as good, but I don’t give a damn. There’s a huge pressure on young girls to look a certain way these days but, as I age, I’ve lost that incredible insecurity of youth.’

  December 23rd, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Weinstein Company has an early Christmas present for all Helen Mirren fans: The first theatrical trailer for “Woman in Gold”. Helen stars as Maria Altmann, a former Jewish socialite who fled the Nazis during World War II. She left behind her home and her belongings – including a portrait of her aunt by the artist Gustav Klimt. Now, that painting is famous worldwide (and as a poster, adorns countless college dorm rooms), and Maria wants it back. She enlists a lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to help her fight the Austrian government to restore the portrait to its rightful owner. Not only does Maria want a memento of her favorite aunt, she wants justice for the atrocities committed by the Nazis. “Woman in Gold” also stars Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, and Elizabeth McGovern, and opens in theaters April 3.

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  December 11th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Congratulations to Helen Mirren for receiving a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for “The Hundred-Foot Journey”. She shares the category with Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie). This is Helen’s 13th Golden Globe nomination. She won three times, for Losing Chase, Elizabeth I. and The Queen. The Golden Globes will be handed out on January 11, 2015.

  October 22nd, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Empire has a first look at “Eye in the Sky”. With “Ender’s Game” director Gavin Hood and a cast that includes, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Iain Glen busy shooting in South Africa, we’re happy to bring you the first, exclusive imagery from drone drama “Eye In The Sky”. The hot button topical thriller follows the complicated chain of authority that is firmly yanked when a new wrinkle enters a drone mission. The focus is on a few characters involved, including military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren), remotely commanding a drone operation to locate terrorists in Nairobi. When the team discovers that their targets are planning a suicide mission, the targets are marked for death instead. Then, just as pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is set to destroy the safe house, he spots a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone and must pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels, including our own foreign secretary (Glen). With production still underway, there’s no solid release date for Eye In The Sky yet, but it should arrive on screens next year.