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.
  January 31st, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren has promoted her involvement with The Prince’s Trust and its upcoming awards ceremony on today’s Good Morning Britain. She also talked about the pressure on young actors today because of the scrutiny of social media – so it’s quite telling that GMB chose to go with “Helen Mirren ” as their video headline. Go figure! Mirren explained it’s been amusing to run into the family since The Queen was released, and that Harry and William, in particular, seem to enjoy the oddness of it all. She said, “Prince Charles is very, very tactful. Harry and William have mentioned it to me and have been very funny and very cool about it.” Harry, she noted, likes to make jokes about it: “I think Harry once said, when I was at an awards ceremony, he said, ‘And Granny is here.’” How does Mirren feel about being called acting royalty? Of her reaction when faced with that description, she said, “Maybe for the first one second and then very quickly I disabuse them of that fact!” Screencaptures from the programme have been added to the photo gallery and the video has been archived as well.

  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.

  January 21st, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

On an amusing note, if there’s one film I completely forgot about, it’s “Winchester”, the spooky house horror film that was released last February. The Razzie committee did not forget about it and recognized it today with 4 nominations! The film scored a nod for “Worst Picture” while the Spierig Brothers share a nod for “Worst Director”, for “Worst Screenplay”, and Helen Mirren – in a career first – is nominated as Worst Actress! Four nominations is an impressive score if you consider the Razzies only feature nine categories. As I reviewed the film upon its release, it was really a disappointment because it lacked the two things you would expect from a film like this – it was neither scary nor was it entertaining. I’m sure it was a fun shoot for Helen Mirren, but this time it didn’t transform to the screen. Edit: There has been an article the other week in which members of the Razzie committee have strongly criticised the nominating and voting process, so while I still think it’s a “fun” achievement worth to be doing an update about, this will be the first and last about the Razzies.

  January 15th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Luke Wilson are learning about love in the trailer for Berlin, I Love You. In PEOPLE exclusive trailer, Knightley portrays Jane, a woman intent on helping a young boy she found in a shelter. Mirren portrays her mother, Margaret, who seems at odds with her daughter’s decision to help the boy played by Liam Gross. “This is Nizar,” Jane says while introducing him to Margaret, who asks, “Is he from the shelter?” Sarcastic, Jane responds, “No, I picked him up from an alleyway.” Directed in segments by 12 directors, the film is the latest installment in the Cities of Love franchise which has spawned the films Paris, Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You. “This is Berlin, a pounding heartbeat grown out of a divided nation,” a voiceover says. “People come to Berlin to dream, to dance and to fall in love.” The film tells the kaleidoscope of stories about love, tolerance and redemption with a total of 20 actors starring in the film including Wilson, Jenna Dewan, Diego Luna, Iwan Rheon, Mickey Rourke and Emily Beecham. Wilson stars as Burke Linz, a man down on his luck who falls in love with the beautiful Katarina, played by Glee‘s Dianna Agron. Berlin, I Love You is in theaters and VOD Feb. 8.

  January 15th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

USA Today has an exlusive first look in “The Good Liar”: If online dating wasn’t already treacherous enough, it’s getting extra-hairy courtesy of a Hitchcock-style spin in “The Good Liar.” An adaptation of Nicholas Searle’s 2016 novel, the upcoming thriller (in theaters Nov. 15) finds Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen sharing the big screen for the first time: He plays an aging British con man looking for one last score and she’s a well-off widow he woos through email. Director Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters,” “Beauty and the Beast”) promises suspense, mystery and “behavior that we’d probably disapprove of in real life, that great Hitchcockian thing of forcing you to be conflicted about how you’re feeling about certain events.” Betty McLeish (Mirren) is a quiet English woman who’s lost her husband and is “vulnerable in the sense that she has great empathy with people,” the actress says. “She’s not wealthy but she’s very comfortably off, and there’s a gap in her life that is to do with companionship and having someone to go to the theater with or the cinema and go out to dinner with.” She goes online and finds Roy Courtnay (McKellen), a charming, funny and self-deprecating guy who is, unbeknownst to her, “actually a double-dealing sort of character,” Mirren says. “He has various mysteries in his life, various people hanging around who we’re not quite sure who they are, so there’s obviously something going on.”

Once Betty opens her life to him, Roy becomes quite taken with the mark he’s supposed to be swindling, things are revealed about his past, and from there, “it’s twisty,” Mirren teases with a laugh. Two other characters add to the overall intrigue: Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) stars as Roy’s longtime partner Vincent (“The kindly one, the one who has more of a moral compass,” Condon says), and Russell Tovey (“Quantico”) plays Betty’s grandson Stephen, who’s wary of her new suitor. The last time Mirren worked with McKellen was 17 years ago on a Broadway revival of August Strindberg’s play “Dance of Death.” Although she knows McKellen well, doing the new thriller “was like meeting a new Ian, the film Ian, and likewise he was meeting the film Helen, which are in a way different creatures,” Mirren says. “Good Liar” gave McKellen a chance to play a villain far afield from “the great charm and twinkle” of his real-life persona, Condon says. “It was fun to move him out of twinkle mode and get back in touch with that side that he is able to present so brilliantly.” And Mirren is a foil “who can really go toe to toe and certainly match him in intelligence and in power,” Condon adds. As much as Mirren enjoyed her character, she also loves the construction of a mystery and the idiosyncrasies required in her performance: “You sort of need to lead the audience by the nose, in a way.” Although much of the mystery genre has “been taken over” by TV, Condon feels “it’s right for re-examination in cinema.” And he’s bringing it into modern times: While “The Good Liar” is a bit of a period piece – it’s set in 2008 (“There are websites but no apps”) – he says technology is integral to its puzzle and reveals. “Although there are mountains and mountains of information out there, it’s still very easy to pull the wool over people’s eyes, as you can see by the recent election in America,” Mirren says. “Concealing becomes more prevalent and easier to do simply because everyone thinks that they’re reading the truth.”