Helen Mirren biography

Helen Mirren

Actor, Film actor

1945 –

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Who is Helen Mirren?

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE, is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards. In 2003, she received a damehood in the Order of the British Empire for services to the performing arts.

Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the latter half of the 1960s. From her very first film appearances, Mirren displayed the overtly sensual screen persona that would become her trademark. Other early movies included O Lucky Man!, The Long Good Friday and Excalibur.

During her career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and television series: Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I, for which she received Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress, Elizabeth II in The Queen, which won her the Academy and BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in The Madness of King George, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She is the only actress to date to have portrayed both Queens Elizabeth on the screen.

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Born
Jul 26, 1945
Hammersmith
Also known as
  • Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff
  • Helen Lydia Mironoff
  • Dame Helen Lydia Mirren
  • Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE
  • Dame Helen Lydia Mironoff
  • Dame Helen Mirren
  • Popper
  • Dame Helen Mirren DBE
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • English people
  • Russian
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • St Bernard's High School and Arts College
Employment
  • Associate Member, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Lived in
  • Essex
  • Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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