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.
  November 2nd, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is released today in US theaters after a release yesterday in most European countries. An adaptation of the German fairy-tale and the Tchaikovsky ballet, the story signifies the studio’s further attempts to expand their live-action output beyond remakes of their classic cartoons and Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. Unfortunately, the reviews have been less than exciting, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% and a Metacritic number of 37. Most reviews criticize the lack of an altogether story. The Los Angeles Times writes: “The visual allure of this production is undeniable, but having the nerve to be simple and nice all the way through is, even for Disney, verging on being a lost art.” According to Rolling Stone, the “wretched attempt to turn the famous fairy tale/ballet into a blockbuster gives a bad name to family entertainment. There’s not much positive being written about the actors – Morgan Freeman in paycheck mode and Helen Mirren, reduced to mugging – oh well. Maybe it’s better received among its target audience – children, who do not yet participate in the Tomatometer 🙂

  October 27th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Of all the rare finds, I’m always most excited about old theatre pictures. So here we go with additional promotional stills of Helen’s performances in Antony and Cleopatra (1965 and 1998), Miss Julie (1971), Two-Way Mirror (1989), Sex Please, We’re Italian (1991) and the two productions of “A Month in the Country” from the West End (1994) and Broadway (1995). All latest additions can be found below. Enjoy!


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Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1998 – Antony & Cleopatra
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1995 – A Month in the Country
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1994 – A Month in the Country
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1991 – Sex Please, We’re Italian
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1989 – Two-Way Mirror
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1971 – Miss Julie
Photo Gallery – Career – Theater Productions – 1965 – Antony and Cleopatra

  October 26th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

More magazine scans have been added to the photo gallery, as Helen graces the October issue of Fairlady Magazine (South Africa). They’ve missed their chance for a scoop on the upcoming “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” but talk about beauty, entirely: “I’ve never felt beautiful and I’m objective enough to know that I don’t fit into that category. I’m not bad-looking, but I’m not beautiful”, she says, explaining that as an actress one becomes pragmatic about such things. “You don’t get cast for things, and then you see someone who does and she’s much prettier, but often not such a good actress, and you think: “Ah, okay, I get the picture.” No: for me, still now, it’s to do with wit and intelligence rather than the way I look. I don’t feel clever or funny enough.” Again, from the woman who upbraided Michael Parkinson for behaving like a “sexist old fart” after he interviewed her in 1975, this is unexpected. Many of the young women who Helen recently admitted to feeling in awe of – for the case with which they just say “f**k off” to men – would look up to her as precisely the kind of woman who can hold her own.

  October 25th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments


Earlier today, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Helen Mirren, who is taking part in the shooting of a HBO drama in Lithuania. “Lithuania’s on the world’s screens again! An HBO drama about Catherine II is being shot in our country. Today we spoke about Lithuania, its people and its charm with the film’s main actress Helen Mirren,” the Lithuanian president posted on Facebook. In the posted video, the president and the guest are seen chatting as they walk around the Presidential Palace. The Oscar winner is staring in a four-part miniseries about the later years of Catherine II’s rule. Shooting is also taking place in Latvia and Russia. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery, an official video of their meeting can be watched below.

  October 21st, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The November issue of Harper’s Bazaar (US) has a great interview with Helen Mirren as well as a new – very fitting – photoshoot picture for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. She talks about this, the recent filming of “Catherine the Great” in Russia, and the recently wrappred “The Good Liar”. Here’s an excerpt from her interview, scans can be found in the photo gallery.

Obviously I play her at the height of her power,” Mirren goes on, “but she was very straightforward, a very clever and ambitious person. And of course Russia at that time was amazingly complex, violent, and difficult country to govern. But she felt she could handle it”. She is also intrigued by Catherine’s sexuality. “In our slightly puritanical, Prostestant world, it’s shocking the way she behaved. It was extraordinary for that era. She had four children by four different men”.