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 9th, 2019       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Few people could introduce a fake documentary called “Bats— Valley” with a straight face. But if there’s anyone for the job, it’s Dame Helen Mirren. Clad in a shin-length orange dress, Mirren, studio host of the parody series “Documentary Now!,” stood resolute at her mark and took a lengthy pause before delivering the introductory line, “This is ‘Bats— Valley,’” deadpan to camera — only allowing herself a brief chuckle when the director called “cut!” “It was a little long, but I wanted it to be frightfully serious,” Mirren said, explaining why she delayed the final expletive. “Bats— Valley” was just one of multiple mockumentaries for which Mirren filmed intros on a hot August day at Walt Disney Studios. Reading from a teleprompter, the seasoned actress knocked each one out back-to-back, only pausing every so often to clear her strained throat (ADR work earlier that day required “a bit of shouting”). The final product will be featured at the beginning of episodes throughout the third season of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s “Documentary Now!” Since she began working on the show in 2015, Mirren has solidified her regal hostess look — comprised this season of the long, fitted dress, simple earrings, and sensible nude heels. The complete article can be read here.

  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 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.