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  • Helen Mirren Biography

    Born: July 26, 1945 in London, England, UK

    HELEN MIRREN has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and BAFTA Award for best actress. She was also named best actress by a multitude of critic’s organizations from Los Angeles to London.

    Mirren recently wrapped production of “RED 2,” which filmed in Montreal and London with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Anthony Hopkins. Her latest film is the Sacha Gervasi production “Hitchcock,” which is based on the novel “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. She stars with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville, a role for which she received best actress nominations from the Golden Globes®, SAG and BAFTA.

    An HBO biopic of Phil Spector in which Mirren stars as lawyer Linda Kenney Baden with Al Pacino as Phil Spector is due for release in 2013. Her portrayal of Emerenc in “The Door,” directed by Istvan Szabo, was recently released in Germany, Hungary and other European territories. Mirren’s recent work also includes the Golden Globe®-nominated “RED,” based on the DC comic of the same name; “The Debt,” in which she plays a Mossad agent in the John Madden-directed thriller; “Arthur”; and “Brighton Rock.”

    Her film career began with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday.” Over the next 10 years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boorman’s “Excalibur”; Neil Jordan’s Irish thriller “Cal,” for which she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weir’s “The Mosquito Coast”; Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”; and Charles Sturridge’s “Where Angels Fear to Tread.”

    Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner’s “The Madness of King George” for which she also won best actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film “Gosford Park.” Her performance as the housekeeper also brought her Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations, several critics groups’ awards and dual SAG Awards®, one for best supporting actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast. Most recently, Mirren earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.

    Among her other film credits are Terry George’s “Some Mother’s Son,” on which she also served as associate producer; “Calendar Girls“; “The Clearing”; “Shadowboxer”; and “State of Play.” She starred in a screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” as Prospera in a gender twist on the classic character.

    Mirren began her career in the role of Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre. She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in such productions as “Troilus and Cressida” and “Macbeth.” In 1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company and toured the world.

    Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre in many varied and challenging roles. More recently, she received two Tony® Award nominations for her work in “A Month in the Country,” and for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in “Dance of Death.” She also received an Olivier Award nomination for best actress for her performance in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre in the title role in “Phèdre,” directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

    She will be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on stage in London in 2013 in “The Audience” in a play by Peter Morgan who wrote “The Queen.”

    On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect,” as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. She earned an Emmy® and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations, for her role in early installments of the “Prime Suspect” series. She won another Emmy and earned a Golden Globe® nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006’s “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®.

    Her long list of television credits also includes “Losing Chase,” “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” “Door to Door” and “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” earning Golden Globe®, Emmy® and SAG Award® nominations and awards. Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003

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