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 Award for "The Audience" and numerous Emmys, including for her iconic performance in "Prime Suspect". The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and video clips. Enjoy your stay and check back soon.
A wonderful set of pictures from the making of “Age of Consent” has been added to the photo gallery. “Age of Consent” is often cited as Helen’s film debut, although this happened two years earlier with Peter Hall’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. But it was without question her breakthrough in the movies after 10 successful years on the stage. Helen was 23 years old during the making in Australia. A couple of additional production stills have been added as well. Enjoy the new pictures.
Yesterday, Helen Mirren introduced the four recipients of Honorary Oscars at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 8th Annual Governors Awards – British film editor Anne V Coates, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and actor Jackie Chan. Pictures from the event have been added with many thanks to Claudia. The video of Helen’s introduction can be watched above.
Helen Mirren has graced the AFI Fest’s red carpet at the premiere for “The Comedian”, husband Taylor Hackford’s new film. The film, set for a theatrical release in 2017, follows a raging comic who strives for the fame he once had – but is instead sentenced to community service after he hits an audience member in the head with his microphone. “The Comedian” stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann and Danny DeVito. Pictures from the premiere have been added to the photo gallery.
Marie Claire has posted a wonderful extensive article on Helen Mirren, featuring a couple of stage photographs and a school picture on their website: When Helen Mirren was invited to appear on Michael Parkinson’s eponymous chat show in 1975, he must have assumed she would be one of his less contentious guests. This was her first primetime appearance and he was the doyen of celebrity interviews – how could it possibly go wrong? Yet it did – for him – as seen when the footage resurfaced on social media and went viral last August. When Parkinson blithely suggested her ‘equipment’ (nodding towards her breasts) might detract from her acting, Mirren didn’t simper and giggle as he clearly expected her to. Instead, quietly ‘enraged’ as she would later reveal, the actress – then 30 – shut down his sexist questioning with masterful aplomb: ‘I’d like you to explain what you mean by “my equipment”, you mean my fingers? Come on, spit it out,’ she urged him, before dismissing his questions as ‘boring’. Now a Dame, with her latest film Collateral Beauty hitting cinemas this December, she is one of only 13 actresses ever to have achieved what’s known as the Triple Crown of Acting – winning a Tony, Emmy and Oscar. Born Illiana Lydia Petrovna Mironova on 26 July, 1945, in west London, she was one of three children. Her Russian father Vasily, a civil servant, anglicised their names when Helen was nine. Her mother, Kathleen, was the daughter of an east London butcher who supplied meat to Queen Victoria. The family relocated to Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when Mirren was two, because her parents felt the seaside was a nicer place to raise children. Mirren is fiercely proud of her roots. ‘I am still very much an Essex girl,’ she said. ‘My poshed-over voice was all learnt.’ The complete article can be read here.
Here comes the second theatrical trailer for “Collateral Beauty” with some obversations from Entertainment.ie: With its plot drawing likeness with A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, plus a release date of 30th December, it’s clear that Will Smith’s latest aims to get you all worked up after the presents are opened but before the season has wrapped. From the trailer, we’re getting the idea that Will Smith’s character, Howard, is still in mourning over the death of his young daughter. His colleagues, who include Kate Winslet and Edward Norton, are worried about him. Howard starts to write letters to Death (Helen Mirren – ‘turns out death is an elderly white woman,’ quips Howard), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Love (Keira Knightley, who is just permanently crying for some reason). The trailer also seems to give away an awful lot, so you have been forewarned.