Welcome to The Helen Mirren Archives, your premiere web resource on the British actress. Best known for her performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, "Prime Suspect" and her Oscar-winning role in "The Queen", Helen Mirren is one of the world's most eminent actors today. This unofficial fansite provides you with all latest news, photos and videos on her past and present projects.  Enjoy your stay.
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May
22
2024

“Calendar Girls” actress Celia Imrie has joined the cast of the crime comedy “The Thursday Murder Club”. Based on the book by Pointless creator Richard Osman, the adaptation will see Imrie play former nurse Joyce Meadowcroft, who solves crimes along with other retirement residents in a sleepy English village. Already announced is Dame Helen Mirren as Elizabeth Best, an ex-spy, Sir Ben Kingsley as ex-psychiatrist Ibrahim Arif and Irish actor and James Bond film series star Pierce Brosnan as former union activist Ron Ritchie. Dame Helen was also part of the ensemble cast for Calendar Girls, about a group of ordinary women who raise money for charity through a nude calendar. Osman wrote on social media site X: “So happy to announce that our Thursday Murder Club line-up is complete. “Alongside Dame Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan and Sir Ben Kingsley, we now have our Joyce. The one and only Celia Imrie! So thrilled!” “The Thursday Murder Club” filming is set to take place from the end of June through to September in England, according to Osman speaking on The Rest Is Entertainment podcast. Home Alone and Harry Potter film series director Chris Columbus will be directing and Osman has said he is “working on the script at the moment”.

May
17
2024

Dame Helen Mirren will host the D-Day 80 national commemorative event in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence, Royal British Legion, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Normandy Memorial Trust will celebrate the work of UK and other forces at the port city, where the Allies left for the beaches of Normandy during the Second World War. Dame Helen will present the event, which takes place on the eve of the 80th anniversary. It is broadcast through the BBC One programme D-Day 80: The Allies Prepare, which is presented by Woman’s Hour host Anita Rani and John-James Chalmers, a veteran and sports presenter. The event in June will feature “spoken word testimony” by well-known faces and military personnel as well as performances from musical stars and the tri-service orchestra. BBC chief content officer Charlotte Moore said: “The 80th anniversary of D-Day is an important moment to reflect and pay tribute to those who were involved in 1944. “We have a wide range of distinctive programming that will bring people together to commemorate across the BBC, including full live coverage of events from both sides of the Channel as well as special documentaries and editions of some of our most popular programmes on television and radio.” BBC One will also have the programme D-Day 80: Tribute To The Fallen, which will be presented by former Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young at the Bayeux War Cemetery in Normandy, France.

May
14
2024

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford are the testimonials of the “Centro Ilma”, the multidisciplinary institute for the prevention and fight against tumors that the Lilt of Lecce is completing on the outskirts of Gallipoli and which will deal with applied research on environmental causes of cancer, early diagnosis, physical rehabilitation and psychological support, as well as home health and social care for terminally ill patients and scientific dissemination. A “popular initiative” project, financed entirely thanks to the donations and solidarity of the Salento population. The golden couple of cinema, husband and wife in life, will support the awareness campaigns on the prevention of oncological diseases promoted by the Lecce Cancer League, as well as the completion of the Ilma Center directed by the oncologist Giuseppe Serravezza. The couple also created two video messages to support the Institute and research. Hackford also underlined in particular the need to say a firm “no” to smoking as the first fundamental prevention action. “The contact with the two artists took place in a few days”, explained the oncologist Serravezza. “When we presented them with the Ilma Center and the activities carried out by Lilt of Lecce, the couple, despite being abroad and busy on set in different places, immediately and willingly accepted our invitation. A demonstration of extraordinary sensitivity and commitment, translated into concrete action in no time. For this we extend our most sincere thanks to them.”

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May
10
2024

We’re taking another deep dive into the Mirren archives with lots of new additions from the very beginning of her career to the very recent – and everything in between. Theatre programs from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Helen’s debut with the The National Youth Theatre), “The Revenger’s Tragedy” and “The Seagull” have been added, alongside on-set pictures from 1973’s “Savage Messiah” and promotional stills from “Cause Celebre”, “Hitchcock” and “Trumbo”. A complete list of updates can be found below. Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Golda – Production Stills
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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Trumbo – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Hitchcock – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Cause Celebre – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Seagull – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Savage Messiah – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Savage Messiah – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Savage Messiah – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Enemies – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Revenger’s Tragedy – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Posters & Key-Art

May
02
2024

“Golda” is still making its rounds internationally with a theatrical release in Australia this week. On Tuesday, Helen Mirren zoomed into Australia’s “The Today Show” to promote the film. The complete video can be found in the video archive. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Apr
23
2024

As previously reported (see update below), “The Thursday Murder Club” cast has now been officially announced. According to Deadline, Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren and Ben Kingsley are set to star in The Thursday Murder Club, with Chris Columbus attached to write and direct. The film is an adaptation of British TV host and producer Richard Osman‘s novel of the same name. Osman confirmed the news on his podcast, The Rest is Entertainment, today. Steven Spielberg‘s production house, Amblin Entertainment, is making it. The story follows a group of geriatric friends in a retirement home who gather to solve murders for fun, but find themselves caught in a real case. Mirren will play ex-spy Elizabeth, Kingsley will play ex-psychiatrist Ibrahim and Brosnan will play former union activist Ron. Negotiations for an actress to play the fourth member of the group, Joyce, are ongoing. Filming will begin in the UK at the end of June and run through to September, said Osman. Home Alone, Mrs Doubtfire and Harry Potter director Columbus is directing and adapting Osman’s best-selling book for the big screen.

Apr
20
2024

According to Variety, Amblin’s film adaptation of Richard Osman’s novel “The Thursday Murder Club” is finally taking shape, with “Harry Potter” and “Home Alone” filmmaker Chris Columbus set to direct. Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan and Ben Kingsley are being eyed for three of the four lead roles in the project. The book, released in 2020, tells the story of four septuagenarian friends who live in a retirement community and solve cold cases for fun. When a shady property developer is found dead, the four find themselves in the middle of their first live crime. Publishing rights for the book were sold in the biggest debut novel deal for a decade. Amblin Partners scored worldwide rights to the film after a competitive auction that attracted interest from 14 studios. It’s been a strong year for Amblin, whose series “Masters of the Air” launched with more viewers in its opening weekend than any Apple TV+ series ever has in its first season, according to the streamer. On Tuesday, Osman teased the imminent casting news, writing on X, “Just been on a call with Amblin, and the cast for #TheThursdayMurderClub movie is insanely great, I think people are going to love it. Official announcements very soon, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.” “The Thursday Murder Club” spawned a successful series from Osman that’s sold over 10 million copies globally, including 2021’s “The Man Who Died Twice,” 2022’s “The Bullet That Missed,” 2023’s “The Last Devil to Die,” and a planned fifth book set to release in 2025.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

Apr
11
2024

A little bit of everything in today’s update. For the theatrical release of “White Bird” in Germany, a new featurette has been released with an on-set interview and b-roll footage featuring Helen Mirren. In case you wonder about “White Bird”, it has been filmed three years ago, its theatrical release in the USA has been postponed time and again. It has been released in Italy in January and now in Germany. It’s current US release has been listed for October 04, 2024. Also added have been a couple of recent magazine scans, as well as new advertisments from L’Oréal Paris. Enjoy the new additions.

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Apr
11
2024

L’Oréal Paris’ “because you’re worth it” slogan has been a mainstay of the brand for decades, empowering women to know their worth and stand tall in it. The brand’s latest “Worth It Resume” campaign is a reminder for women globally that failures, no matter how big or small, are not definitive of their worth or success. The advertisements aim to “challenge unrealistic standards and foster a culture where women are empowered to celebrate their setbacks, including those that ultimately led to their greatest accomplishments,” per the brand. Brand ambassadors and successful actors Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King and Andie MacDowell were tapped to share some of the greatest failures in their careers in support of the initiative. Each star has a mock resume and LinkedIn profile listing their major setbacks, from forgetting lines on stage to being passed up for a lead role, and not being cast on Broadway. As a platform, LinkedIn is usually a space where people share career wins and highs, so the beauty brand intentionally subverted it, “highlight the struggles, failures and setbacks that led [these celebrities] to where they are today,” and ultimately encourages others to do the same. The video can be viewed over at Yahoo! News.

Apr
07
2024

On Saturday, Helen Mirren was among a plethora of superstars and supermodels to celebrate the Dal Cuore alle Mani Dolce & Gabbana Exhibition at the brands’ 40th Anniversary Party in Milan, Italy. A couple of pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery.

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