February 2nd, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

We’re staying with Helen’s work for the BBC, but are going some fourty years back! In 1974, Helen first participated with the BBC Play of the Month installment, playing Beatrice-Joanna in the Jacobean drama “The Changeling” opposite Brian Cox. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills, screencaps and posters have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer as as well as three clips have been added to the video archive.

  January 28th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren will be presented with a fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The organization’s highest honor, the fellowship is given to Mirren in recognition of her “exceptional contribution” to film. She will receive the honor Feb. 16 during the British Academy film awards. “This is the greatest professional honor I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming,” the Hollywood Reporter quotes Mirren as saying. BAFTA fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Martin Scorsese.

  January 24th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

After our latest venture into Shakespeare territory, our next movie spotlight couldn’t be more different. In 1993, Helen did a suspenseful thriller for BBC Films, “The Hawk”, in which she plays an unstable housewife who suspects her husband to be a serial killer. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills, screencaps and posters have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer as as well as three clips have been added to the video archive.

  January 18th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Congratulations to Helen Mirren for winning the Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for “Phil Spector”. This has been Helen’s tenth nomination and fourth win. She has received the coveted trophy before as Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble for “Gosford Park”, Best Actress for “The Queen” and Best Television Actress for “Elizabeth I.” Here is a transcript of Helen’s speech:

Goodness me, this – I am unprepared. Elisabeth was so extraordinary and Elisabeth… [applauds Elisabeth Moss] from me. [applause] Anyway, I love this little guy, he’s so sexy, isn’t he? You know, sort of naked, but not quite. And quite exciting. [laughter] [laughs] I don’t feel at all saggy, I feel quite perky, actually, [laughs] winning this [laughter] – after all. I’m thrilled. Thank you so much. I had the incredible advantage of acting with a person that you all know, you all love, you all respect, I believe, beyond any other actor, and that’s Al Pacino. [applause] And to work with Al and watch him close hand was just an incredible lesson for me. We can always learn all the time. Thank you David Mamet, thank you, HBO and everything. And thank you very much. [applause]

  January 17th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

There’s actually an honor out there Dame Helen Mirren hadn’t yet received — but she’s taking care of that now. The actress has been named the 2014 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, an annual recognition by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest theatrical organization. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many A-list entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and, most recently, Marion Cotillard.

How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organisation to offer me their award”” said Mirren in a release. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations… Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding. (Helen Mirren)

The Woman of the Year festivities — featuring a parade and a roast — will take place Jan. 30. The Man of the Year will be announced at a later date.

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