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Helen Mirren: Biography at a Glance

  • Helen Mirren has won an Oscar, Emmy, SAG Award, Tony, multiple BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe, as international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television.
  • In 2014 she was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding career in film, and in 2018 she was honored with the Chaplin Gala career achievement recognition from The Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York.
  • For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of “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 virtually every critic’s organization from Los Angeles to London.
  • Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.
Award-Winning Actress

Helen Mirren has won an Oscar, Emmy, SAG Award, Tony, multiple BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe, as international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of 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 virtually every critic’s organization from Los Angeles to London. In 2014 she was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding career in film. In 2018 she was honored with the Chaplin Gala career achievement recognition from The Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York.

On stage, Mirren reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway in The Audience, a play by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. In 2013 she debuted her stage role of Elizabeth II in The Audience in London’s West End, for which she received the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award, and 2014 WhatsOnStage Award, for Best Actress.

Currently, she is filming a limited series for HBO in the title character’s role of Catherine the Great.

In theaters now, Mirren can be seen in Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”  She will next be seen in Saban Films’ “Berlin, I Love You,” Lionsgate’s “Anna” and Warner Bros.’ “The Good Liar.”

Most recently, she was seen in IFC’s third season of “Documentary Now!,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Leisure Seeker,” CBS Films’ “Winchester,” portraying Sarah Winchester, Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious.”  Other recent films include Warner Bros.’ “Collateral Beauty,” Bleecker Street Media’s “Eye in the Sky,” portraying an army Colonel in a world of remotely piloted aircraft warfare, “Trumbo,” portraying Hedda Hopper and “Woman in Gold,” portraying Maria Altmann, the Austrian Jewish refugee who fought to reclaim her family’s art that had been stolen by the Nazis in World War II. 

Mirren was most recently heard narrating the documentary “Cries from Syria.”  She will next be heard voicing a character in the animated film “The One and Only Ivan.” Additionally, she voiced the character of ‘Dean Hardscrabble’ in Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ “Monster’s University.”

Previous works include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ “100 Foot Journey,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Hitchcock” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, “RED” and RED 2, John Madden-directed thriller “The Debt, in which she plays a Mossad agent and Hungarian director Istvan Szabo’s “The Door.”

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 Brooks theatre company and toured the world.

Her film career began with Michael Powells Age of Consent, but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzies The Long Good Friday.  Over the next 10 years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boormans Excalibur, Neil Jordans Irish thriller Cal, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weirs The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaways The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, and Charles Sturridges Where Angels Fear to Tread.

Mirren earned her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytners 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 Altmans 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 Georges Some Mothers Son, on which she also served as associate producer, Calendar Girls,” The Clearing, Shadowboxer, State of Play,” “The Tempest” and “Brighton Rock”.

On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series Prime Suspect as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.  She had earned an Emmy Award 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 Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006s Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act, the last installment in the PBS series. Most recently she starred with Al Pacino in the HBO biopic “Phil Spector,” for which she won a SAG Award for her performance and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning an Emmy Award, 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 has also worked extensively in the theatre.  She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra at Londons National Theatre.  In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre to star in the title role in Phèdre, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

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