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.
Celebrating
10 years
on the web
Jun
11
2024

Over the weekend, the 10th edition of the Anna Magnani Award (Premio Anna Magnani) took place at the Casa del Cinema in Rome. During the event, Helen Mirren was honored for her international contribution to cinema. She sent in a video message from the United States. The organization plans to honor her with the award personally the next time she is in Rome. The Anna Magnani Award is dedicated to the memory of the great Italian actress, organized and directed by Francesca Piggianelli, conducted by Rai journalist Stefano Buttafuoco, with the recognition of the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and the support of Panalight.

Jun
09
2024

Helen Mirren (and her never-ending supply of headbands) has been quite busy with interviews to promote her recent work, former directors and her celebrated tv work from the past. Last year, she participated in a BBC documentary on director Stephen Frears, whom she worked with on “The Queen”. Also for the BBC, Dame Helen sat down to talk about two of her literature adaptations from the 1970’s, “As You Like It” and “Blue Remembered Hills”, both programs entitled “Helen Mirren Remembers”. All three documentaries can be watched on-demand on the BBC website, unfortunately only if you live within the UK. Many thanks to my friend Alvaro for providing screencaptures of Helen’s appearances. “Golda” is also still making the rounds in the theaters, the latest market being Germany. For the film’s promotion, Helen did a new interview, which can be found in the photo gallery as well. Enjoy the new additions.

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Jun
06
2024

On Wednesday, Helen Mirren hosted the morning’s commemorative event from the seafront in Portsmouth, where the D-Day landings began 80 years ago, paying tribute to the bravery and achievements of veterans and recognising the invaluable work of those on the Home Front who helped make the wartime invasion possible. Later in the evening, Kirsty Young presented a live broadcast from both Normandy and Portsmouth. In France, the 4,600 headstones of those who fell on D-Day were individually illuminated across the Bayeux War Cemetery, accompanied by readings and music. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery.

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May
30
2024

When Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar) finally does find his way home, he won’t be returning to Montana, at least where the show’s filming location is concerned. Creator Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone prequel spin-off 1923, which stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, will no longer be filming on-location in The Treasure State, according to the Austin Business Journal. Rather, the production is moving to the Longhorn State following the Western drama’s first go-round from December of 2022 until February of 2023. Season 2 of the Paramount+ series 1923 will start shooting in the southern part of Austin, Texas. The Chief Executive of Butte-Silver Bow Government, J.P. Gallagher, said in the aforementioned article: “The decision to film the Yellowstone series of 1923 in Texas is disappointing. Nevertheless, we respect the production team’s decision and acknowledge that these choices are influenced by factors beyond our control. We were in talks with the production about 1923 coming back to Butte because of the positive experience they had here, but state tax incentive programs were a major factor for the production to move to Texas.” 1923 Season 2 couldn’t catch a break in 2023. Both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes caused delays which ultimately cost the production its contract with Butte, Montana back in July of 2023. Filming dates have not been announced yet, though Helen Mirren will be first filming “The Thursday Murder Club” in the United Kingdom starting this June.

May
28
2024

People Magazine spoke with Helen Mirren during last week’s Cannes Film Festival: It’s been two years since Helen Mirren covered PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue, and the Oscar winner is still preaching the power of swagger. The L’Oréal Paris ambassador spoke to PEOPLE this week from the Cannes Film Festival about her own journey to self-acceptance. Mirren, 78, recognizes that there are “beautiful people in the world,” like Naomi Campbell and David Beckham, but she does not fall into that category, “which is fine by me,” she says. “I look okay, but I’m not that beautiful. But we are all individuals and we all have our own individuality. And I think ultimately it’s just embracing that and allowing yourself to be what you are.” Despite this, Mirren notes that young women are “terribly vulnerable” to wanting to be something else. For the actress, it was aspiring to be England’s “It” girl of the ’60s. “I desperately wanted to be Twiggy,” she shares, “and I absolutely was not Twiggy in any sense.” However, the 1923 actress continues, “The real trick is to learn to accept yourself and love yourself, accept your absolute individuality and be proud of it.” During her time in Cannes, Mirren also attended the Lights on Women Award ceremony on May 24, which was launched by L’Oréal Paris in 2021 and celebrates future female filmmakers. The complete article can be read over at People Magazine.

May
25
2024

As it has become quite a tradition by now, Helen Mirren made a splash at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as a L’Oréal Paris ambassador. Besides the premiere for “La plus precieuse des marchandises”, she also attended L’Oréal’s Lights on Women’s Worth Awards alongside Elle Fanning and Viola Davis. The actresses were also interviewed on C à Vous in the afternoon, and Helen talked to A l’Affiche à Cannes as well. Photos, screencaptures and videos from all appearances have been added to the archives. A complete list can be found below.

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May
24
2024

Earlier today, Helen Mirren attended the premiere of at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, accompanied by fellow L’Oréal Paris ambassadors Andie MacDowell and Iris Berben. Pictures from the red carpet have been added to the photo gallery.

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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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