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
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
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
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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Photo Gallery – TV & Online Appearances – The Today Show Australia (April 30, 2024)

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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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2024 – My Weekly Special (United Kingdom, March 14, 2024)

Mar
10
2024

According to Cineuropa, production on the thriller “Switzerland”, in which Helen Mirren will be portraying famed author Patricia Highsmith, is moving along. The initial announcement of the project was released in February of last year. Now, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, known for unique and award-winning feature films like Control, The American or A Most Wanted Man, is preparing to shoot the film. Parts of it will be filmed in different parts of the country of the same name. Production is expected to begin between autumn and winter 2024. Shooting will take place in several places, among them the German-speaking city of Zurich in the East of Switzerland and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the South. The Swiss-British co-production will see a fictional version of author Patricia Highsmith involved in a stressful relationship with her ambitious literary agent. The US American author Highsmith, spent the last days of her life in Switzerland. Alden Ehrenreich will be at her side in the role of her agent. The script for the film was written by Australian author Joanna Murray Smith and promises a mixture of suspense and psychological depth, reflecting Highsmith’s haunting literary style. Switzerland is a collaboration between the production company Zurich Avenue by Karl Spoerri and Brouhaha Entertainment by Gabrielle Tana. Spoerri says: “Switzerland as a film location plays a crucial role in Switzerland. Zurich Avenue is delighted to bring the country’s unique landscapes and cultural landmarks to life in this international production. Switzerland is not only intended to be a gripping thriller, but also a visual event that pays tribute to the beauty of our country.” He adds: “It is a great honour for Zurich Avenue to work with Anton Corbijn, Helen Mirren and Gabrielle Tana. We are looking for universal stories with strong characters – often inspired by true events – that resonate globally. Switzerland fits perfectly with our vision.”

Feb
20
2024

At Tuesday’s Cinema for Peace Gala at the 74th Berlin Film Festival, the honorary Dove of Cinema for Peace award was given to director Guy Nattiv and Helen Mirren for their joint work in the 2023 film “Golda”, the historical biopic Nattiv directed starring Mirren as renowned Israeli prime minister Golda Meir during the Yom Kippur War. It was a first for the award, given against the backdrop of rising antisemitism around the world following the Hamas attack of October 7, when terrorists killed some 1,200 people and abducted 253 to Gaza from Israel’s border communities. The award was presented to Nattiv and Mirren onstage in Berlin by 102-year-old Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander. “Golda” also won the main prize for Cinema for Peace, which it shared with “One Life” and “The Zone Of Interest”. Pictures from the gala have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2024 – 74th Berlin Film Festival – Cinema for Peace Gala

Jan
23
2024

It’s been a truly wild awards season for Helen Mirren with several projects for consideration that went into whole different directions. “1923” received little love for its first season, including a shutout at the Emmys (as they do with pretty much all of Taylor Sheridan’s shows) and a well-meaning though singular nomination at the Golden Globes for Helen Mirren. “Golda”, on the other hand, remained little seen and came at the possibly worst time to shine a light on Israel politics. Combined with warm but mediocre critics, the biopic went unnoticed in most countries and didn’t play a role during awards season at all. Then, throw in a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Ensemble as well as yesterday’s, ahem, Razzie nomination for Worst Actress in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and you have what you may call recognition across the boards. So today’s Oscar nomination for Golda’s Make-Up & Hairstyling team comes as a nice surprise and closure for last year’s film season. The Academy Awards are handed out March 10, 2024.

Jan
22
2024

If we celebrate the good, let’s rise above the bad. Awards season isn’t all golden statues and gushing praise. Some movies are just stinkers, at least according to the 2024 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations, which provide a list of some of the organization’s picks for last year’s least noteworthy big screen bombs. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” wasn’t among those films praised in 2023 – now it’s among the five nominees for Worst Picture, sharing the category with “The Exorcist: Believer”, “Expend4bles”, “Meg 2: The Trench” and “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”. The film also received a nomination for Worst Screenplay. On the actresses’ side, Dame Helen Mirren is mentioned alongside Ana de Armas (Ghosted), Megan Fox (Johnny & Clyde), Salma Hayek (Magic Mike’s Last Dance) and Jennifer Lopez (The Mother). Fair enough, it’s Helen’ second nomination in this category after 2018’s “Winchester”, alongside an ensemble nomination in 2016 for “the entire cast of “once respected actors”.