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Common misspelling: Helen Miren, Hellen Mirren


Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov

July 26, 1945

Ilford (Essex), England

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The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”


Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. She has also won four SAG Awards and assorted BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards during her career.




Birth name Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov

Born July 26, 1945 (age 61)

Ilford, Essex, England

Spouse(s) Taylor Hackford (1997-)

Notable roles Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect

Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I

Elizabeth II in The Queen

Academy Awards

Best Actress

2006 The Queen

Nominated: Best Supporting Actress

1994 The Madness of King George

2001 Gosford Park

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

1996 Prime Suspect 4: Scent of Darkness

1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand

2006 Elizabeth I

Golden Globe Awards

Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama

2007 The Queen

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television

2007 Elizabeth I

1997 Losing Chase

BAFTA Awards

Best Actress in a leading role

2006 The Queen

Best Actress (TV)

1994 Prime Suspect 3

1993 Prime Suspect 2

1992 Prime Suspect




Personal life

Mirren was born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov [1] in Ilford, Essex,[2] now a part of Greater London. She was the second of three children of a father of Russian origin and an English mother. Mirren's paternal grandfather, a Russian nobleman, tsarist colonel and diplomat, was negotiating an arms deal in Britain and was stranded there, along with his family, during the Russian Revolution. Her father, Vasily Petrovich Mironov, called himself Basil and changed the family name to Mirren in the 1950s. He played the viola with the London Philharmonic before World War II and, after it, drove a cab and was a driving-test examiner. Mirren's mother, Kathleen Rogers, was the thirteenth of fourteen children born to a butcher whose father had been the butcher to Queen Victoria. Mirren considers her upbringing to have been "very anti-monarchist".[3]


Mirren attended a Catholic girls' school, St. Bernard's High School, in Southend-on-Sea, and subsequently a teaching college in London. At age 18 she auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and was accepted. By age 20 she was a star at the Old Vic.


Mirren married American director Taylor Hackford (her partner since 1986), in the Scottish Highlands on 31 December 1997, his 53rd birthday. It was her first marriage, and his second (he has two children from his previous marriage). Mirren doesn't have children and says she has "no maternal instinct whatsoever."[4]


Her great-great-great-great-grandfather was the Russian field-marshal Mikhail Kamensky, one of the heroes of the Napoleonic wars.


On 5 December 2003, she was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire . When she received the honour, Mirren commented that Prince Charles was "very graceful" but forgot to give her half of the award, where another person had to remind him to give Mirren the star. She also stated that she felt wary about accepting the award and had to be persuaded by fellow comrades to accept the DBE. In 1996 she had previously declined a CBE.[5]




Following appearances on stage during her school years at St Bernard's High School for Girls in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, Mirren's first starring role was in 1965 as Cleopatra for the National Youth Theatre. This led to her joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, and Lady Macbeth in the production by Trevor Nunn.


In 1972 Mirren joined Peter Brook's International Centre for Theatre Research, and joined the group's tour across North Africa which created The Conference of the Birds. Mirren was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Play): in 1995 for Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country and in 2002 for August Strindberg's Dance of Death.




Mirren has made numerous appearances in an array of films. Some of her earlier film appearances include Excalibur, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, 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 Fionnuala Flanagan, Painted Lady, The Prince of Egypt and The Madness of King George. One of Mirren's other film roles was in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, in the title role as the thief's wife, opposite Michael Gambon.


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. These include Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I (2005), Elizabeth II in the film The Queen (2006), and Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, in The Madness of King George (1994). The role as Queen Elizabeth II in the film The Queen gained her numerous awards including a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar. During her acceptance speech at the Academy Award ceremony, Mirren praised and thanked Elizabeth II and stated that she had maintained her dignity and weathered many storms during her reign as Queen.[6]


Mirren has frequently appeared nude on film as far back as her first film Age of Consent, and as a result has gained a "sexy" image. This image has not been diminished by age, as she appeared nude in the film Calendar Girls, and on the cover of the Radio Times October 5-11 issue in 1996.




Mirren is most often recognized for her role as detective Jane Tennison in the well-known Prime Suspect, a television drama that ran for many series. The role won her three consecutive BAFTA awards for Best Actress between 1992 to 1994. Other acclaimed television performances include Cousin Bette (1971), As You Like It (1979), Losing Chase (1996), The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999), Door to Door (2002), and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003).


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.



Awards and recognition


Film awards

In 1984, Mirren won Best Actress for her role in the film Cal at the Cannes Film Festival and the 1985 Evening Standard British Film Awards. In 1994 and 2001, she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her roles in The Madness of King George and Gosford Park, respectively. In 2002, she received the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Gosford Park.


Mirren is the first female actress to be nominated for three acting performances at the Golden Globe Awards in the same year. She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie drama category for Stephen Frears' The Queen in 2006 (along with two nominations in the Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie category for Elizabeth I, and Prime Suspect: Final Act). She won both Golden Globes for The Queen and Elizabeth I and also won two SAG awards the same year for the same roles. Mirren is the third actor to win two Golden Globes in the same year, and the first ever to win for both leading roles in TV and film in the same year. She is one of only two actresses (the other is Helen Hunt) to win a Golden Globe, an Oscar and an Emmy for performances given in the same year.


Along with the Golden Globe, Mirren's acclaimed performance in The Queen won her the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress.[7] She also received Best Actress awards from the Venice Film Festival, Broadcast Film Critics, National Board of Review, Satellite Awards, Screen Actors Guild and a BAFTA, as well as the following critics awards: New York Critics, Los Angeles Critics, National Society of Film Critics, Southeastern Film Critics, Online Film Critics, Women Film Critics, Afro American Film Critics, NY Online Film Critics, London Film Critics' Circle, and other awards bestowed by critics' groups from the UK, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Dallas Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Washington DC, San Diego, Phoenix, Kansas City, Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, Iowa, Central Ohio, Utah, and Oklahoma. As a result of her success from this film, the Queen herself has conveyed congratulations and extended an invitation to Dame Helen to visit Buckingham Palace sometime in 2007.


The Santa Barbara Film Festival honoured Mirren for the Outstanding Performance of the Year. Entertainment Weekly recently ranked her No. 2 for Entertainer of the Year for 2006.



Television awards

Mirren won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Mini-series or TV Movie in 1997 for her role in Losing Chase. She received two nominations in the Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie category for Elizabeth I, and Prime Suspect: Final Act, where she only won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of the The Queen in Elizabeth I. In that same year she won an SAG award for that same role.


Mirren also won an Emmy for her role in Elizabeth I in category Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or a Movie in 2006. She had previously won an Emmy twice before, in 1996 for her role in Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness and in 1999 for The Passion of Ayn Rand.[8]




Herostratus (1967)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

Red Hot Shot (1969)

Age of Consent (1969)

Miss Julie (1972)

Savage Messiah (1972)

O Lucky Man! (1973)

Hamlet (1976)

The Quiz Kid (1979)

Caligula (1979)

Hussy (1980)

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

The Long Good Friday (1980)

Excalibur (1981)

Cal (1984)

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

Heavenly Pursuits (1985)

Coming Through (1985)

White Nights (1985)

The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Pascali's Island (1988)

When the Whales Came (1989)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

The Hawk (1993)

Royal Deceit (1994)

The Madness of King George (1994)

The Snow Queen (1995) (voice)

Some Mother's Son (1996)

Critical Care (1997)

Sidoglio Smithee (1998)

The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice)

The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Greenfingers (2000)

The Pledge (2001)

No Such Thing (2001)

Happy Birthday (2001)

Last Orders (2001)

Gosford Park (2001)

Calendar Girls (2003)

The Clearing (2004)

Raising Helen (2004)

Shadowboxer (2005)

The Queen (2006)

Inkheart (2008)

Angel Makers (2008)

Documentaries and Short Subjects:


A Documentary on the Making of Gore Vidal's Caligula (1981) (documentary)

2010: The Odyssey Continues (1984) (short subject)

Invocation: Maya Deren (1987) (documentary) (narrator)

Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005) (short subject)



  1. ^ Daily Mail. Found: Helen's Russian relatives. Retrieved on October 15, 2006.

  2. ^ Essex celebrates, BBC News

  3. ^ E! Online (entertainment web-site) accessed 4 Mar 2007

  4. ^ Contact Music accessed 4 Mar 2007

  5. ^ Helen Mirren declines CBE, The Times

  6. ^ Helen Mirren at the Oscars, scotsman.com

  7. ^ "Dame Helen crowned Queen", The Sun Online. Retrieved on 2007-02-26.

  8. ^ 64th Golden Globe Awards Nominations. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved on December 14, 2006.






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