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
Oct
05
2023

On our fourth day, we update Helen’s public appearances with some fantastic additions from the past. This update includes pictures from various ’60s and ’70s events, promotions for “Extremities” and “2010: The Year We Make Contact” as well as pictures from an actors conversation panel at the 1990 Telluride Film Festival, which included Helen and Christopher Walken (presenting “The Comfort of Strangers”) as well as Liam Neeson and Sissy Spacek. A complete list of updates can be found below.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1994 – 47th Annual BAFTA Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1994 – 47th Annual BAFTA Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1994 – British Police on Thames Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1993 – 24th Annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1992 – Broadcasting Press Guild TV & Radio Awards
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1990 – 17th Telluride Film Festival – Actor’s Conversation Panel
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1989 – Taping of “Aspel and Company”
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1985 – Unknown Event 01
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1985 – “White Nights” Press Conference (New York)
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1985 – Berlin Film Festival – “2010” Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1985 – Berlin Film Festival – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1984 – “Extremities” Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1983 – Society of West End Theatre Olivier Awards Reception
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1982 – Taping of With Showbiz
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1970 – Unknown Event 02
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1970 – Taping of The Brian Connell Interview
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1969 – National Theatre Owners Awards
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1965 – Nicolas Egan Heampstad Studio

Oct
04
2023

The second batch of Helen’s career photography update features promotional stills from various “Prime Suspects”, some great behind-the-scenes pictures of her directorial debut “On the Edge” from 2001 and additional stills and on-set pictures from her classic performances, inlcuding “Calendar Girls”, “The Queen” and “Catherine the Great”. As always, a complete list of updates can be found below. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Fast & Furious 9 – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Catherine the Great – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Trumbo – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Brighton Rock – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Brighton Rock – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Last Station – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Queen – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Queen – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Prime Suspect: The Last Act – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Calendar Girls – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – On the Edge – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Collected Stories – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Some Mothers’ Son – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – A Month in the Country – Rehearsals Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Prime Suspect: Inner Circles – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Prime Suspect: Inner Circles – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Comfort of Strangers – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover – On-Set Pictures

Oct
03
2023

On we go with our week-long celebration for The Helen Mirren Archives’ 10th anniversary with a massive career update consisting of production stills, on-set pictures, promotionals and theatre programmes from many of Helen’s projects throughout the years. In the first part of this update, we find theatre pictures from “Troilus and Cressida”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Madame Bovary”, some deleted scenes from “Caligula” and on-set pictures from “Hussy” and “The Mosquito Coast”. To view all updates, check out the list below.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Madame Bovary – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Madame Bovary – Rehearsals Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Mosquito Coast – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – 2010 – The Year We Make Contact – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Extremities – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Antony and Cleopatra – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Excalibur – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Duchess of Malfi – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Hussy – On-Set Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Long Good Friday – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Caligula – Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – As You Like It – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – As You Like It – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – O Lucky Man! – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Age of Consent – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Much Ado About Nothing – Posters & Key-Art
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Troilus and Cressida – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Troilus and Cressida – Backstage Pictures
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Silver Tassie – Production Stills

Oct
02
2023

Our celebration week is officially open, starting with lots of additional magazine scans from as early as 1972 (with two cover stories promoting Ken Russell’s “Savage Messiah”) to 2019. These additions feature some great cover stories from the 1990s and 2000s that were new to me. For a complete list of articles, have a look at the list below. Enjoy, and check back tomorrow for more 🙂

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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2019 – TV Star (Czech Republic, September 01, 2019)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2013 – American Cinematographer (United States, March 2013)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2008 – The Sunday Telegraph (United Kingdom, January 20, 2008)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2007 – Direct TV (Chile, May 2007)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2007 – Pronto Magazine (Spain, March 2007)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2007 – La Vanguardia (Chile, February 22, 2007)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2007 – London Lite (United Kingdom, January 16, 2007)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2006 – Entertainment Weekly (USA, December 2006)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2006 – Studio Magazine (France, October 2006)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1996 – The Evening Standard (United Kingdom, October 17, 1996)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1992 – TV Times (United Kingdom, December 12, 1992)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1987 – TV Times (United Kingdom, August 22, 1987)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1985 – Marquee (Canada, December 1985)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1975 – Cosmopolitan (United Kingdom, May 1975)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1972 – Films and Filming (United Kingdom, October 1972)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 1972 – Films Illustrated (United Kingdom, September 1972)

Oct
02
2023

We know by now that a. Helen Mirren likes to have a good time and b. knows she’s worth it. On Sunday, she showed off a wild crimped hairstyle on the runway during Paris Fashion Week when she hit the catwalk for the L’Oreal spring/summer 2024 show. She was accompanied by Elle Fanning, so you had both Catherine the Great’s combined. Pictures from the runway have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2023 – Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris – “Walk Your Worth” Runway

Sep
22
2023

Here comes a great conversation with Helen Mirren and Vanity Fair to promote “Golda” on its way into the 2024 awards season: About a month before Golda was released in US theaters via Bleecker Street on August 25, SAG-AFTRA went on strike, preventing Mirren from doing press for the movie, even if she technically could have. (The film was produced under an Equity union contract in the UK, rendering it ineligible for a SAG interim agreement.) Because the studio is not in the AMPTP, and with more distance from the strike’s launch, Mirren has begun campaigning for the film with her guild’s blessing as it leads a second life on digital (it’s now available on-demand and on platforms like Apple TV+ and Prime Video) and as Oscar season heats up. “I was given a written email from SAG to say…I can talk about it,” she says. “It’s a low-budget film, we don’t have a big marketing budget—so yes, it’s great to be able to talk.” To become Golda, she saw no choice but to take the portrayal that extra step: “Anybody playing Golda would’ve had to have certainly obeyed the physiognomy of the woman because she was so recognizable, so iconic.” The complete article can be read over at Vanity Fair.

Aug
28
2023

In an interview aired by Israel’s Channel 12 on Sunday, Mirren spoke about her leading role in “Golda” depicting Israel’s first and only female prime minister, Golda Meir, during the period of the fateful 1973 Yom Kippur War. The interview was recorded in July when Mirren was in Israel for the premiere of the movie at the Jerusalem Film Festival. “I believe in Israel, in the existence of Israel, and I believe Israel has to go forward into the future, for the rest of eternity,” Mirren said. “I believe in Israel because of the Holocaust.” She revealed there were those who had tried to talk her out of making the film due to Israel’s controversial position on the world stage, but, she said, “I’ve met such extraordinary people in Israel.” “I know there is a base, a foundation of deep, intelligence, thoughtfulness, commitment, poetry even in Israel that is very, very special, I think,” said Mirren. Mirren admitted that before making the film, “I didn’t know a lot about Golda” but said she clearly recalled “the feeling of triumph and satisfaction and of awe actually that a woman had been elected to lead a country. It was a very exciting moment for women in general. Understanding her physical suffering… as well as the mental suffering of dealing with this enormous burden of the war, that was a revelation for me.” The complete article accompanying the interview can be read here, while the full interview can be found in the video archive.

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Video Archive – News Segments – Channel 12 Israel (August 28, 2023)
Photo Gallery – TV & Online Appearances – Channel 12 Israel (August 28, 2023)

Aug
25
2023

One of Helen Mirren’s most anticipated dramatic roles today arrives in theaters today – although, due to the dual strike in Hollywood, it will not likely for “Golda” to make a splash at the box office. Reviews have been mixed – universally praising Mirren’s performance and criticising the film’s pace and lack of depth of Meir’s character. In one recommended review on Roger Ebert, Christy Lemire writes that “[Meir] remains frustratingly out of reach, even in her suffering. But there’s a bitter irony in the fact that she sees her doctor in secret at the morgue, and each time she walks down the hallway toward her appointment, more and more bodies are stacked up along the walls. It’s a powerful image”. Vanity Fair has also published an in-depth article on transforming Helen Mirren behind the scenes, which is worth a read. There has also been a new clip released which you can find in the video archive.

My goal was to acknowledge the trailblazer who paved the way for Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel. In the 1970s, when men were misogynists – especially those commanders – a woman came and led the country. This is unheard of. I think it’s something to remember and to celebrate. (Guy Nattiv, director of “Golda”, Vanity Fair, August 25, 2023)

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Golda – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Golda – On-Set Pictures
Video Archive – Career Videos – Golda – Film Clip 02

Aug
24
2023

Helen Mirren graces the cover of DuJour Magazine‘s Fall issue with an interview to promote the theatrical release of “Golda” and a fantastic new photoshoot. When Dame Helen Mirren was 12, her family took her to see an amateur production of Hamlet by the Southend Shakespeare Company in Essex. “It must have been terrible and I didn’t really understand it, but the whole experience was a revelation,” says Mirren. It was her first real exposure to the theater, and it made her realize she needed to be an actor. The complete article can be read on their website.

The play, the lights going down, the amazing story being told, the complexity of the dialogue – it all just exploded in my mind, the way things can do when you’re a prepubescent teenager. You know those books where there are thousands of pages and the print is really tiny? I found that and started reading about these incredible characters, from Caliban to Queen Margaret. Shakespeare is a lifetime of work and has perhaps become her own lifetime of work. Even then, it’s the great wonder of Shakespeare that you never quite get to the end of it. I’m a great believer that Shakespeare shouldn’t be read until you’ve seen it. I still love to go.

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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2023 – DuJour Magazine (United States, Fall 2023)
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2023 – Session 12

Aug
20
2023

Among the many misfortunes of the current dual strike in Hollywood is the lack of promotion for films that would need a good boost by star power. “Golda” might be a prime example among the current releases, which will probably be overlooked by many, simply because they don’t know it exists. In an effort to reach a wider audience, its distributor Bleecker Street is working with Fathom Events, a unique and prolific theatrical distributor, that has mastered the art of finding audiences for one-off cinematic events, from live broadcasts of opera, stage plays and live concert pics to anniversary rereleases of classic Hollywood films. Fathom will present a Q&A with Mirren and director Guy Nattiv in theaters across the country Aug. 23, two days before the film’s official release. (It was taped before the SAG-AFTRA strike.) Fathom has also released a (very, very brief) making of featurette on the film, giving us a glimpse of the makeup process as well as an interview with Helen. Additionally, new production stills have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Golda – Production Stills