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.
  February 3rd, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Yesterday, Helen Mirren and husband Taylor Hackford were among the guests of the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in Hollywood, where “Roma” was named Best Picture of the Year. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery.


  January 27th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments


Buoyed by Mendelssohn’s fairy music and perhaps a flute or two of champagne, supporters of the Academy of Music gathered Saturday night at the hall to celebrate its birthday. Helen Mirren was the special guest for the Academy of Music 162nd Anniversary Concert. This year’s iteration of the benefit, to which tickets cost from $350 to $1,950 for the concert, dinner, and ball, featured Mirren as host, narrator of excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – and, she joked, as adopted Philadelphian. The words she has already learned you needed to know to pass as a local, she told the crowd, were anything but Shakespeare: hoagie, jawn, and Double Doink. Mirren also spoke passionately about the importance of arts education, the audience of tomorrow, and future generations of Academy supporters. Addressing the audience way up high in the Academy, which she took to be populated with a younger crowd, she said: “We believe in you, we have faith in you, help us out.” Many already have. This year, 1,800 tickets were sold for the concert and 1,400 for the dinner and ball at the Bellevue, a spokesperson said, a little under last year’s 2,100 tickets to the concert and 1,500 for the dinner and ball. The event raised $2.2 million gross (before expenses), slightly more than last year’s $2 million. Net proceeds will be split between the orchestra and academy restoration projects. You can read more about the evening in this in-depth article by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  December 20th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Playbill, the 2019 Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball will feature the talents of Oscar and Tony winner Helen Mirren. The stage and screen legend is set to take the stage at the January 26 event at the historic Philadelphia landmark. She will be joined by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who also recently took the reins at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. “The Academy of Music is a beacon of historic Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual visit is a treasured moment,” said Nézet-Séguin. “I am thrilled to be returning next month with Helen Mirren, one of the greatest actors of our time and an artist I very much admire, for an evening of words and music to remember.” The white-tie event will begin with a pre-concert reception at the Academy of Music, followed by the concert and subsequent celebrations at the Bellevue Hotel. Concert and Ball tickets are available at TheAcademyBall.org. At the Met, Nézet-Séguin recently conducted the premiere of Michael Mayer’s new staging of La Traviata, marking his first time taking the podium after officially assuming the title of music director. He is also set to lead productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Dialogues des Carmélites later this season.

  November 29th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

After filming in Russiua, Helen Mirren is back in Lithuania for the shooting of HBO’s “Catherine the Great” (which is in production since September). On Wednesday, Helen attended a fashion show held by Juozas Statkevicius in Vilnius. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.


  October 25th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments


Earlier today, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Helen Mirren, who is taking part in the shooting of a HBO drama in Lithuania. “Lithuania’s on the world’s screens again! An HBO drama about Catherine II is being shot in our country. Today we spoke about Lithuania, its people and its charm with the film’s main actress Helen Mirren,” the Lithuanian president posted on Facebook. In the posted video, the president and the guest are seen chatting as they walk around the Presidential Palace. The Oscar winner is staring in a four-part miniseries about the later years of Catherine II’s rule. Shooting is also taking place in Latvia and Russia. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery, an official video of their meeting can be watched below.