Helen Mirren

British actress

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren DBE (born Helen Lydia Mironoff; 26 July 1945) is an English actor active in theatre, movie and television.

Helen Mirren

Early lifeEdit

Mirren was born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England, to a Russian father and an English mother, she was raised in Essex.[1]


She began her acting career in 1963 with the National Youth Theatre, later joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has since then appeared with several theatre companies in a wide variety of roles. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest British actresses of all time.

She began appearing in movies while still very young but did not really attract attention until the late 1970s. Her movies include: Caligula (1979), The Long Good Friday (1980), Excalibur (1981), Cal (1981), White Nights (1985), Pascali's Island (1988), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), The Madness of King George (1994), Gosford Park (2001), and The Queen (2006), for which she won the Academy Award for best actress, and several other awards (Golden Globe, BAFTA, etc.).

Mirren has also appeared in several series on television, notably as Inspector Jane Tennison in the Prime Suspect series, she was also acclaimed as Queen Elizabeth I in the series Elizabeth I (2006).

Personal lifeEdit

Mirren is an atheist.[2] She has no children. She began a relationship with Taylor Hackford in 1986. The couple married in 1997.


  1. Piccalo, Gina (7 February 2011). "Helen Mirren interview" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  2. "Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment - AXS.com". www.examiner.com.

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