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 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.

  July 26th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

This Sunday, the Australian edition of 60 Minutes will feature a profile and exclusive interview with Helen Mirren, just in time for the theatrical release of “The Hundred-Foot Journey”. Karl Stefanovic sits down with Dame Helen to talk about her life and movie career – the latter started in Australia with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent” in 1969. Check back for a transcript of the interview.

  July 23rd, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Academy and Olivier Award winner Helen Mirren says that she will reprise her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in a Broadway run of Peter Morgan’s The Audience, which played a celebrated, sold-out London run last year, according to the Daily Mail. Mirren stated that rehearsals will get underway in mid-January 2015 with previews to begin in February. A March opening is expected. An official announcement of a Broadway production has not been made. It was previously reported that playwright Morgan was expected to update portions of the script for American audiences. Mirren added that former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair may be among the new characters to appear when The Audience arrives on Broadway. The Audience was previously broadcast in cinemas as part of NT Live.

In The Audience, playwright Morgan imagines a series of pivotal meetings between Her Majesty the Queen and various prime ministers in their weekly meetings, which have hitherto been entirely secret. Stephen Daldry directed the production. Mirren reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth II (for which she won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actress for “The Queen,” also scripted by Morgan). Her performance in The Audience garnered her the Olivier Award. According to press materials for the London run, “The Audience breaks this contract of silence. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.”

  May 9th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Simon Curtis is set to join forces once again with BBC Films, the British public broadcaster’s movie unit, to direct Woman In Gold, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl. Shooting this month in the U.K., Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to retrieve several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family during WWII.

  April 17th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren is in talks to co-star with Bryan Cranston in the biopic “Trumbo,” which is based on the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jay Roach is attached to direct with Michael London producing through his Groundswell Productions banner, along with Janice Williams and John McNamara. Considered one of the great screenwriters of his time, Trumbo saw his career come to a halt when he was blacklisted after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of communist influences in the nation. He continued writing under pseudonyms and won two Academy Awards while blacklisted. He resumed his career under his own name after the blacklist effectively ended after 1960. His credits include “Roman Holiday” and “Spartacus.” No production date has been set and the film is still looking for a distributor.