Helen Lydia Mirren (Mironoff)
|Also Known As:||"Dame Helen Mirren", "Helen Mirren"|
|Birthplace:||Hammersmith, Greater London, UK|
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About Dame Helen Mirren
Mirren has appeared in a large number of films throughout her career. Some of her earlier film roles include O Lucky Man!, Caligula, Excalibur, 2010, The Long Good Friday, White Nights and The Mosquito Coast. After those appearances she received roles in Belfast-born director Terry George's film Some Mother's Son, which was about the 1981 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland, opposite Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan, Painted Lady, The Prince of Egypt and The Madness of King George. One of her other film roles was in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, as the eponymous thief's wife, opposite Michael Gambon. Her favourite film is Teaching Mrs. Tingle, in which she plays sadistic History teacher, Mrs Eve Tingle.
Mirren continued her successful film career when she starred more recently in Gosford Park with Maggie Smith and Calendar Girls where she starred with Julie Walters. Other more recent appearances include The Clearing, Pride, Raising Helen, and Shadowboxer. Mirren also provided the voice for the supercomputer "Deep Thought" in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. During her career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and television series: Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I (2005), Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), and Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, in The Madness of King George (1994). She is the only actress ever to have portrayed both Queens Elizabeth on the screen.
Mirren's title role of The Queen earned her numerous acting awards including a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, among many others. During her acceptance speech at the Academy Award ceremony, she praised and thanked Elizabeth II and stated that she had maintained her dignity and weathered many storms during her reign as Queen. Mirren later appeared in supporting roles in the films National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Inkheart, State of Play, and The Last Station.
Mirren has frequently appeared nude on film as far back as her debut film Age of Consent, and was over 50 when she appeared nude in the film Calendar Girls and on the cover of the Radio Times 5–11 October issue in 1996.
Selected stage credits:
* Cleopatra, Anthony and Cleopatra, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1965
* Kitty, Charley's Aunt, Manchester Theatre, Manchester, England, 1967
* Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice, Manchester Theatre, 1967
* Castiza, The Revenger's Tragedy, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1967
* Diana, All's Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1967
* Cressida, Troilus and Cressida, Royal Shakespeare Company, AldwychTheatre, London, 1968
* Hero, Much Ado about Nothing, Aldwych Theatre, 1968–1969
* Win-the-Fight Littlewit, Bartholomew Fair, Aldwych Theatre, 1969
* Lady Anne, Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1970
* Ophelia, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1970
* Julia, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1970
* Tatyana, Enemies, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
* Harriet, The Man of Mode, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
* Title role, Miss Julie, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
* Elayne, The Balcony, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
* Isabella, Measure for Measure, Riverside Studios Theatre, London,1974
* Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1974, then Aldwych Theatre, 1975
* Maggie, Teeth 'n' Smiles, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1975, thenWyndham's Theatre, London, 1976
* Nina, The Seagull, Lyric Theatre, London, 1975
* Ella, The Bed before Yesterday, Lyric Theatre, 1975
* Queen Margaret, Henry VI, Parts I, II and III, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1977, then Aldwych Theatre, 1978
* Title role, The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1980, then Mound House Theatre, London, 1981
* Grace, Faith Healer, Royal Court Theatre, 1981
* Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Pit Theatre, London, 1983
* Moll Cutpurse, The Roaring Girl, Barbican Theatre, London, 1983
* Marjorie, Extremities, Duchess Theatre, London, 1984
* Madame Bovary, 1987
* Angela, "Some Kind of Love Story," and dying woman, "Elegy for a Lady," in Two-Way Mirror (double-bill), Young Vic Theatre, *London, 1989
* Sex Please We're Italian, 1991
* Natalya Petrovna, A Month in the Country, London, 1994, then Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1995
* Antony and Cleopatra, Royal National Theatre, London, 1998
* Collected Stories, London, 1999
* Lady Torrance, Orpheus Descending, Donmar Warehouse, London, 2000
* Alice, Dance of Death, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 2001–2002
* Mourning Becomes Electra, Lyttelton Stage, Royal National Theatre,2003
* Phedre, National Theatre, 2009
* Also appeared as Susie Monmican, The Silver Lassie; in Woman in Mind, Los Angeles.
Dame Helen is well-known for her role as detective Jane Tennison in the widely-viewed Prime Suspect, a multiple award winning television drama that was noted for its high quality, higher popularity and its unique format, in that it ran for seven seasons in seven extended multi-act episodes rather than in a traditional seasonal schedule. The role of Tennison won her three consecutive BAFTA awards for Best Actress between 1992 to 1994.
Some of Dame Helen's other acclaimed television performances include Cousin Bette (1971), As You Like It (1979), Blue Remembered Hills (1979), Dead Woman's Shoes (The Twilight Zone) (1985) Losing Chase (1996), The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) where her performance won her both the Emmy and the Golden Globe, Door to Door (2002), and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003). In 1976 Mirren appeared with Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates and Malcolm McDowell in the production of Harold Pinter's The Collection as part of the Laurence Olivier Presents series. She also played Elizabeth I in 2005, in the television series Elizabeth I, for Channel 4 and HBO, where she received an Emmy for her performance. Mirren won another Emmy on 16 September 2007 for her role in Prime Suspect: The Final Act on PBS in the same category as in 2006.
Academy Award Nominations
* Best Actress
o 2006 – The Queen
o 2009 – The Last Station
* Best Supporting Actress
o 1994 – The Madness of King George
o 2001 – Gosford Park
List of awards and nominations received by Helen Mirren: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Helen_Mirren
: Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers=== Vasilij Mironov/ Mironoff
Helen Lydia Mirren (Mironoff) is Wsewolod Mstislawitsch Смоленский (Рюриковичи Смоленские)'s 19th great granddaughter!