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.
  October 11th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

For the next movie spotlight, I’ve chosen the fairly recent “Phil Spector”, HBO’s controversial account on Phil Spector’s first trial. The film, directed by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, was recently nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards. You can read more about the film and its making on the career page. Production stills, on-set pictures and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery and seven clips, including a featurette and scenes, can be watched in the video archive. Have you watched “Phil Spector”? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

  October 5th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The second movie spotlight is “Heavenly Pursuits”. The 1986 romantic comedy stars Tom Conti as a teacher who’s confronted with miraculous events while his school is in desperate search for two blessings in order to receive a sainthood. You can read more about the film and its making on the career page. Production stills and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery and five clips can be watched in the video archive.

  October 3rd, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

As mentioned in the welcome message, each of Helen’s project will receive a spotlight with an individual movie page (including production notes and reviews) as well as pictures and video clips. As the first movie spotlight I have chosen Joel Hershman’s comedy “Greenfingers” (2000). Inspired by true events, a group of prison mates participate in a garden project that leads them to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Clive Owen leads the cast with Helen Mirren co-starring as the eccentric garden expert Georgina Woodhouse. Head over to the movie page for all essential information on the project. You will find production stills, on-set pictures and screencaptures in the photo gallery. The trailer, an interview with Helen and three clips have been added to the video archive. If you have seen “Greenfingers”, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

  October 2nd, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Welcome to the Helen Mirren Archives, a new online resource on the career of Dame Helen Mirren. The aim of this website is to chronicle Miss Mirren’s work from her beginnings in the theatre to her most recent films. For each project, there will be a spotlight with additional information and production notes as well as pictures and video clips. With over 100 performances in film, television and the theatre, there will be plenty of coverage. The second main focus will rely on “The Archives”, a year-by-year review of Helen’s career, accompanied by quotes and interviews. This site won’t focus on latest pictures and appearances – there are other sites covering this and being good at it. However, news on projects and such will be collected. If you’d like to get notified of updates, be sure to join the site’s Twitter, and also have a look at our Tumblr for more visuals. To learn more about the idea behind this website – and how to contribute – please read About the Archives. Check back soon for the first spotlights and enjoy browsing.

  September 30th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

As part of TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary “Oscar,” which traces the history of the Academy Awards. The special is co-directed and penned by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt”). It features extensive clips from Oscar-winning and nominated films, plus behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel. Much of this has never been shown before. The doc’s high-profile interviewees include, among many others, George Clooney, Annette Benning, Tom Hanks, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore and frequent Oscar host Billy Crystal. “Oscar” is set to air on February 1, the opening night of “31 Days of Oscar.” Each night’s lineup will feature a complete set of nominated films that faced each other in a particular category.