Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren, DBE was born in Hammersmith in 1945 and is one of few performers to have received a Triple Crown of Acting. She trained at the National Youth Theatre from the age of 18 where she played Cleopatra in the NYT production of Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Vic which marked the start of her acting career. Since then she has been internationally revered for her work as an actress as well as becoming a national treasure for the people of Britain.

Many of her early career performances were with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), shows such as The Revenger’s Tragedy (1966), All’s Well That Ends Well in 1967, the role of Cressida in Troilus and Cressida in 1968, as Rosalis in As You Like it in 1968, as Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1970, as Tatiana in Maxim Gorky’s Enemies at the Alwych theatre in 1971 and the title role in Miss Julie at The Other Place theatre also in 1971. In 1970 john Goldschmidt made a documentary about her time with the RSC called Doing Her Own Thing.

Mirren has also graced the stage in many West End performances, beginning with the Royal Court Theatre’s Teeth ‘n’ Smiles, playing the role of Maggie in 1975 and ending with her starring role as Elizabeth II in the World Premier of Peter Morgan’s The Audience in 2013 at the Gielgud Theatre. This role won Mirren the Laurence Olivier for Best Actress; she also reprised her role in Broadway in 2015 at the Gerald Schoenfield Theatre along with cast members Richard McCabe, Geoffrey Beavers and Michael Elwyn. She has also been a key member at the National Theatre, namely in 1998 she played the title character in Anthony and Cleopatra opposite Alan Rickman. Following this she was cast as Lady Torrance in Nicholas Hytner’s revival of Orpheus Descending at the Donmar Warehouse in 2000. In 2003 she performed in the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre, a performance, which received much acclaim. She also played the title role in Phedre at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2009 alongside Dominic Cooper and directed by Nicholas Hytner. 

Outside the theatre Mirren has performed in numerous film roles, spanning over many years starting in 1967 right the way through to her role as Brigitte in Collateral Beauty (2016) Her more famous film credits include her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2007), The Hundred- Foot Journey (204), Hitchcock (2012), Calendar Girls (2003) The Madness of King George (1994) and Cal (1984) for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

Her awards repertoire includes four Emmy Awards, one Academy Award, four BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, three Golden Globe Award, three Satellite Award and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. For her performance in The Audience Mirren received outstanding acclaim along five theatre awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Mirren has also received various honorary awards for her work in acting such as The 2004 Britannia Award for Excellence in International Entertainment, the  Critics’ Circle award for Distinguished Service to Arts (2006) , The European Film Award for Achievement in World Cinema (2012), the BAFTA Fellowship (2013), The Gotham Tribute Award (2015) and the Goldene Kamera Lifetime Achiement Award (2016).

As Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013

Selected London and West End Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
The Audience Queen Elizabeth II Gielgud 2013 Review
Phedre Phedre Lyttelton 2009 Review
Mourning Becomes Electra Christine Mnnon Lyttelton 2004 Review
Orpheus Descending Lady Torrance Donmar Warehouse 2000 Review


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