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.
  December 8th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Here’s the second entry for Stage Sunday – Helen’s performance in Tom Kempinski’s 1991 farce “Sex Please, We’re Italian”. I don’t mean to do a disaster weekend – but after reviewing “Caligula” on Friday, “Sex Please, We’re Italian” stands in line with projects gone bad. The New York Times called it “one of the most spectacularly unfunny evenings the London theater has seen in decades”. More information on the play and its background can be found on the career page, production stills, rehearsals pictures and the programme have been added to the gallery.

  December 6th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Sooner or later this film had to be covered as part of Helen’s career – so let’s get over with “Caligula”, the dreadful history/epic/porn starring Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and Peter O’Toole. To learn more about this infamous disaster of a film, check the career page. Stills, promotionals and Blu-Ray screencaptures have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer, its promotional featurette (in which Helen sums up the film perfectly) and three clips can be watched in the video archive.

  November 22nd, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The next spotlight is a favorite of mine – the 1997 miniseries “Painted Lady”, in which Helen plays a has-been rock singer who is drawn into the world of illegal art trade in an effort to solve a murder mystery. To learn more about the series, check the career page. Stills, promotionals and almost 2.000 screencaptures have been added to the gallery. Six clips from both parts can be watched in the video archive.

  November 15th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Today we cover “Red King White Knight”, a 1989 spy thriller from HBO, starring Tom Skerritt, Max von Sydow and Helen Mirren. To learn more about the film, check the career page. Stills, screencaptures and some lovely promotionals have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer, a featurette and three clips can be watched in the video archive.

  November 12th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Congratulations to Helen Mirren on receiving a Best Actress nomination for “The Audience” at the Evening Standard Awards. She shares the category with Linda Bassett (Roots), Lesley Manville (Ghosts), Billie Piper (The Effect) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Old Times). “The Audience” has received another nominations for Best Design (Bob Crowley). The 59th annual ceremony will take place on November 17 at the Savoy Hotel in London, with “Homeland” star Damian Lewis serving as the master of ceremonies.