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
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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Video Archive – Public Appearances – 77th Cannes Film Festival (2024)
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Video Archive – News Segments – A l’Affiche à Cannes (2024)

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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Video Archive – Miscellaneous – Centro Ilma Institute for Cancer Prevention (2024)

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
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.

Mar
29
2024

Last Sunday, Helen Mirren inaugurated the new headquarters of Spazio Teatro – Center for Dramatic and Performing Arts” in the historic building of the former Bianco Distillery, in via Campi 46. An evening that celebrates with this new passage the first 5 years of activity of the school directed by the sisters Rosangela and Gloria Giurgola, theater director and soprano, who returned to Salento after ten years living abroad due to study and work commitments. Mirren accepted the invitation of the Giurgola sisters and take part in the evening which marks the start of the new life of the school which currently counts 45 students from various municipalities in the north and south of Salento, enrolled in acting, theatre-dance, singing, music and scenography courses. Unfortunately, no press pictures have been released from the event, but you can find two videos in the video archive.

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Video Archive – Public Appearances – Spazio Teatro’s Center for Dramatic and Performing Arts (2024)

Mar
19
2024

The Queen and Tony Blair sat down with ITV News yesterday for an interview about the 100th NT Live performance, the Sheen-starring “Nye”. Mirren is not part of the project, but a passionate supporter of the National Theatre. As ITV writes, “A new production starring Michael Sheen takes the audience on a “surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state”, according to the National Theatre. “The vision that grew out of that has to be reimagined now because the NHS is in all kinds of difficulties and whether that’s about underfunding or whatever it might be it has to be reimagined for now and for the future to move on,” Mr Sheen said. But, as he tells ITV News, the timeliness of the show’s release has taken on extra importance given the modern-day pressures felt by the NHS and, what he feels, is the need for radical change. The clip can be found in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – TV & Online Appearances – 2024 – ITV News (March 18, 2024)
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Mar
07
2024

Dame Helen Mirren and pop star Kylie Minogue are among eight famous women who have had dolls made in their likeness to mark the beloved toy’s 65th anniversary year and to recognize their achievements as “Female Storytellers”. Helen’s doll is dressed in a cornflower blue outfit with matching hair, which is a recreation of a gown she wore on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France last year and the Barbie is clutching an Oscar statuette representing her Best Actress win for “The Queen”. As well as Helen and Kylie Minogue, other dolls have been made for singer Shania Twain, actress Viola Davis and model Nicole Fujita as well as comedian/activist Enissa Amani, moviemaker Lila Aviles and content creator Maira Gomez.

It’s a very special thing and something I can add to my list of my favorite achievements – becoming a Dame of the British Empire, having an Oscar, having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and having my own Barbie. The intricacy and detail of the doll is extraordinary; I love that the Barbie doll is wearing one of my favourite ever red carpet looks, and it was the first time I’d ever had blue hair, and it felt so exciting. I like to embrace theatrical fashion and the joy that having fun with fashion can bring, and I think that this joy should be age-less. And the cherry on top of the cake is my doll having a miniature Oscar. It is an absolutely perfect reproduction.

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Mar
07
2024

Earlier this week, Helen Mirren has continued to raise awareness of the decline of Salento’s olive trees that populate the Apulian countryside. She taped a PSA for the cause in Tricase’s Piazza Pisanelli and also appeared on the Italien talkshow Splendida cornice, on February 29. “The people of Puglia must fight this catastrophe united, without arguing among themselves anymore, to make their voice heard in Europe and to preserve the poetry of this land. Because Puglia is a poem,” Mirren said during the taping of the PSA. “I am proud to be able to get her hands dirty with the Salento land, to love the sun, the sea and the wind, and above all this extraordinary community, of great humanity and a sense of welcome, from which I hope to feel more and more accepted. Pictures and screencaptures from the PSA and her talkshow appearance have been added to the photo gallery.

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Video Archive – Talkshows – Splendida cornice (2024)

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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