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 10th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“The Nutracker and the Four Realms” will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and on-demand in the United States on January 29, 2019. The home-video editions come with loads of special features, as listed below. 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.

Bonus Features (Vary by Option):

– On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland: Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
– Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”: Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
– Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”: View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

Deleted Scenes:

– The Stahlbaums Arrive: As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
– Follow Your Ribbon: Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
– Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother: Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
– Left, Left, Left, Left, Left: Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
– Out with the Old: Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.

Music Videos:

– “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli: Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
– “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang: Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

  December 21st, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments



As the year comes to an end, this will probably be the last update to the site for 2018 (but don’t worry, we all see each other in 2019 again 🙂 A little bit of everything has been added to the photo gallery: Lots of fantastic production stills from her films and early work on television for the BBC, including “The Changeling”, “The Little Minister”, “Mrs. Reinhardt” and “Soft Targets”. Also added have been a rare cover story from 1976’s TV Times for the premiere of Laurence Olivier’s “The Collection” and a couple more editorial pictures from 2018. To view any of the last added pictures, simply click the thumbnails above. Have a nice Christmas Holidays, a healthy and good start into the new year and see you all back in 2019! Frederik.

  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.

  December 8th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Today, a big new section has been launched – the press library. After 5 years and constantly forgetting that this crucial part is missing to the fansite, it’s finally here. Filled with 300 articles so far, you find magazine profiles, newspaper articles and interviews with Helen Mirren from as early as 1968, promoting her feature film debut in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Age of Consent” to the most current interview promoting “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. Articles can be browsed by year, publication and even cover, as you will find extensive cover galleries for earch decade. While the press library sports a fair number of items, I’m sure there are many more articles out there, waiting to be added. So if you’re a fan, sitting on a stack of magazine articles you would like to share, please drop me a line. Enjoy browsing and reading.

  December 8th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Following speculation that EuropaCorp will shutter its French film distribution arm, the company announced it is entering into a three-year distribution partnership with Pathe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That means director Luc Besson’s Anna, starring Helen Mirren, will get a French release even as the beleaguered company faces financial troubles. Nous Finerons Ensemble, starring Guillaume Canet will also fall under this deal. EuropaCorp had pushed back the releases as it tried to find a distribution partner. Anna was moved from a planned Jan. 2 bow to a March 27 opening in France. Lionsgate, which has U.S. rights to Anna, has shelved the film for now. “We’re delighted to partner with Pathé, and to share our savoir-faire and enthusiasm with them,” said Besson. A spokesperson for EuropaCorp painted the news as a positive for the company as they face the next round of financial results on Dec. 14. “This partnership allows us to have the best of both worlds: reduce our overhead, manage our distribution and work with the best talents in France,” they said. The decision to partner with Pathe comes as EuropaCorp is trying to reduce its overhead as the company is in financial peril after the global disappointment of Besson’s $180 million to $200 million sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Besson also faces legal peril after Belgian actress Sand Van Roy accused Besson of raping her, sparking a police investigation. On Nov. 28, five more woman came forward in a report in French investigative magazine Mediapart, alleging sexual misconduct. In total, nine separate woman have accused the director of sexual assault and harassment.