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
Jan
05
2024

Happy New Year everybody. Helen Mirren, while spending the Holidays in Italy, was on hand on Thursday to attend a screening for “White Bird” at the Cinema Moderno in Tricase. While Lionsgate has moved the film’s release forward once again – this time a whopping 10 months to October 2024 – the history drama releases Italian cinemas this week. A couple of pictures from the premiere and some additional production stills have been added to the photo gallery. A compilation of Italian tv reports have been added as well.

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Photo Gallery – TV & Online Appearances – Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia (January 05, 2024)
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – White Bird – Production Stills

Dec
30
2023

A late Christmas surprise is coming our way from Vanity Fair Italy’s December 29 issue with Helen Mirren on the cover and an in-depth interview inside in which she dishes on the recent release of “Golda” and its time in recent history, the January release of “White Bird” (which has been pushed by its American distributor to October 2024) and enjoying the Italian life. A translated version can be found in the press archive with the cover being added to the photo gallery. Enjoy the additions and a Happy New Year to everybody.

I read many history books and it seems clear to me that horror has always been a constant in the human condition. What was Alexander the Great great for? For killing millions of innocents? And Stalin? I grew up in England with the troubles (the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, ed.) and I saw how these pseudo-racial conflicts can last indefinitely, unless truly excellent leaders are found. I believe, and perhaps I’m wrong, that if there were more women in politics things would be different. You know, seeing these summits with heads of state that are almost always all men makes me angry, frustrates and saddens me. I would like to see parties made up of half women, in every part of the world. (Helen Mirren, Vanity Fair Italy, December 29, 2023)

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Dec
16
2023

In a video published yesterday, Helen Mirren sat down with Harper’s Bazaar UK to chat through her beauty bag (or “swagger bag”, as she calls it) and her mission to tackle ageism in partnership with L’Oréal Paris, with whom she’s worked with since 2014. “I think what we need to tackle ageism in general, in our society, is to see more and more women in the world of politics, in the world of professions – doctors, lawyers, teachers – in the world of education, in the world of sciences,” says Mirren. “And not a 25-year-old woman, a 55- or 65-year-old woman. That’s what we need. We need those faces of authority, of success. There are many of them out there.” And whatever you do, don’t tell ever tell a woman she “looks good for her age”, she warns. “It’s patronising, it’s insulting, we hate that comment.” The video can be watched in the video archive, with screencaptures and a promotional still added to the photo gallery as well.

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Video Archive – Miscellaneous – Harper Bazaar: Helen Mirren’s inside my beauty bag (2023)
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Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2023 – Session 16

Dec
15
2023

Helen Mirren might be the last person to expect in a commercial for Uber Eats – but the dame is there, and she delivers. She’s also in good company, as additional commercials feature Idris Elba and Michael Cera. Tapping into the actress’s poised roles on the big screen, the commercial shows Mirren having an inner monologue about what she should order. “Like ants, the people of the city scurried,” Mirren says in a distinguished tone while looking out the window. “Above them all, a Dame – ugh, Helen, you’re narrating again, you stupid sausage,” she interrupts herself, switching into a casual voice. “Oh, I’d love a sausage.” The commercial is accompanied by an interview in People, in which Helen “dishes” about kitchen mishaps and go-to takeout orders. Screencaptures from the clip and a promotional still have been added to the photo gallery.

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Dec
09
2023

On Thursday, Helen Mirren presented Adele with the the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women in Entertainment Gala in Los Angeles. As Mirren spoke to Adele’s star power at the event, she likened her first time hearing the six-time Grammy winner to when she first heard music legends like Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley. Pictures, screencaptures and videos from the event have been added to the archives.

You know, there are moments in life that you never forget and none more so when you first hear an artist and a song that’s truly different from anything that’s come before and really speaks to you. And I’ll never forget the first time I had that experience was when I heard Edith Piaf sing, and then when I heard Elvis Presley sing, and I had exactly the same reaction a few decades later. I think it was about 2008, maybe, when I heard Adele singing ‘Hometown Glory,’ and this shiver went down my back. That chill that comes just a few times in your life when you realize you are listening to a brilliant and game-changing artist. And I thought, wow, a goddess walks amongst us.

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Video Archive – Public Appearances – The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Gala (2023)
Video Archive – News Segments – Access Access (December 07, 2023)

Nov
26
2023

Here comes another great treat from the past. In March of 2002, Helen Mirren attended “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” to talk about her Oscar nomination for “Gosford Park” and winning at the SAG Awards. The interview was “crashed” (or rather politely interrupted) by her fellow nominee and “Dance of Death” co-star Ian McKellen, who was making the talkshow rounds for his nominated performance as Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings”. The full interview can be found below, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery. P.S. This is the first of three appearances by Helen on Conan O’Brien’s show. She also promoted “The Queen” in 2006 and her autobiography in 2008. All appearances can be found in the video archive.

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Nov
17
2023

On Thursday, Helen Mirren joined her fellow L’Oréal Paris ladies Camila Cabello, Aja Naomi King, Andie MacDowell and Eva Longoria for the French personal care brand’s 18th Annual Women of Worth Celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood. Helen, who became a brand ambassador in 2014, looked sophisticated in a blue long-sleeve gown selected by stylist Rachel Fanconi. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2023 – 18th Annual Women of Worth Celebration by L’Oréal Paris
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Nov
16
2023

Another busy week for Helen Mirren: The Australian and New Zealand’s Women Weekly are both gifting Mirren their December 2023 cover stories. On Monday, she joined make-up artist Val Garland, influencer Nadine Baggott, chef and TV presenter Andi Oliver and anti-ageing expert George Lee in a panel to discuss ageing (one quarter of the population will be over sixty by 2050) and the beauty industry, hosted by L’oréal – who also released a stunning new editorial picture from their most recent campaign. All updates are listed below. Enjoy.

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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2023 – Woman & Home (United Kingdom, December 2023)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2023 – TV Times (November 04, 2023)
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2023 – “You Look Great” Conversation Panel by by L’Oréal Paris

Nov
11
2023

On Thursday, Helen Mirren stopped by “The Talk” on CBS to promote the Audible premiere of “Moriarty: The Silent Order”. She talked about voicing Lady Milverton and joked about the possibility of joining the EGOT ranks in case of a Grammy win for her performance. A clip of her appearance can be found in the video archive with screencaptures being added to the photo gallery.

“I play sort of an arch villainous [Lady Milverton] really. I’ve always wanted to play an arch villainous. I was rather cross that I was never asked in any of the Bond movies to be like the big villain…so it was a wonderful opportunity.” Host Jerry O’Connell asks, “You have Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony – is this our Grammy? Are we getting that EGOT?” “Wouldn’t that be lovely. There are so many brilliant actresses who can also sing, and I want to kill them because I can’t sing at all.” Mirren adds, “I’m never going to win my Grammy from singing…They often win a Grammy for writing a book, then reading it, a sort of tell all book.” She jokes, “My Sex Life by Helen Mirren.” (Helen Mirren, The Talk, November 09, 2023)

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Nov
04
2023

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helen Mirren’s ardent feminism came to the fore Thursday night when the Oscar-winning actress was asked during a keynote conversation in Toronto what she looked forward to beyond the “horrible situation” of the current Israel-Hamas war. “Gosh, that’s an incredibly difficult question, because you don’t want to be naïve and silly. Of course one hopes for peace,” Mirren told the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center during an appearance at its 2023 Spirit of Hope Benefit. Praised as a steadfast ally in the fight against anti-Semitism by the human rights organization after she received their 2023 Humanitarian Award, Mirren’s informal conversation was overshadowed by events in the Middle East after Israel declared war on the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza after its Oct. 7 surprise attack on southern Israel. Asked at one point during the keynote what frightens her today, Mirren answered without pause: “Oh, October the seventh. That scares me the most, and whatever it is in humanity that makes people able to do that, whatever it is that pushes them to commit those acts, whatever brainwashing, whatever it is that can turn peoples’ minds to those actions.” Pointing to other grave human atrocities in history, she referenced the Holocaust during the Second World War and America’s traumatic history of lynching African-American men to terrorize their communities. “Lynchings were very prevalent. And I just saw recently postcards of an audience at a lynching, that they’d send to each other, as sort of, ‘what fun we had the other night at the lynching.’ What it is in us, human beings? Is it fundamental to us? It is so much a part of our nature as all the goodness we have,” Mirren additionally asked during the Toronto gala. Mirren also addressed the controversy over a non-Jew like herself being cast to play the Israeli leader. “It’s a legitimate discussion. The whole idea of casting has really been blown out of the water recently, and I applaud that. It’s completely right,” she said. At the same time, Mirren said she would not have taken the part of Golda Meir if the biopic itself had not been directed by an Israeli, Nattiv. She added, “Without that authentic voice, I just wouldn’t have done (the role) with someone else.” Edit: Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.

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