For the past six decades, Dame Helen Mirren's career has successfully shifted from a respected theatre actress to an iconic figure on British television to a beloved Hollywood star. Her range of work in film, television and the theatre has earned her an Academy Award, Emmys and Baftas. The Helen Mirren Archives chronicles Miss Mirren's life and career from the early days to the recent with information, pictures and video clips. Enjoy your stay
The Helen Mirren Archives has covered each of Helen's films and television projects with extensive background information, rare pictures, production notes, reviews and video clips. Click any of the previews for each spotlight.

It seems that all f-bombs have been used on talkshows, so that even a p-bomb, if there’s such a thing, makes it for daily news. Yesterday, Helen has been a guest on Good Morning Britain for quite an entertaining interview. First, Mirren hit back at the hosts remarks on turning 70. “Why do you say that like that? ‘Oh my god, she’s 70! How can anybody be 70?” Because we can’t believe it, you don’t look 70,” co-host Ben Shephard cut-in. “Yes I do, I look 70 with a lot of makeup on and nice hair. I do totally look 70,” Helen responded. Things got worse when Helen recounted a story of camping with Liam Neeson in the 1980s. “We’re camping in this tiny tent, all six-foot-four of Liam and me and we camp in this field, and it pissed with rain non stop for like three days.” Her utterance of the word “pissed” immediately caused the presenters to panic as Shephard replied, “Oh. We should apologize. We can’t say things like that first thing in the morning…one of those moments when you put your foot in your mouth. Apologies.” While Helen initially apologized and quickly rephrased her words (“it rained a lot”), the Tony-award winner then asked, “Why can’t you say that? It’s not very rude.” “Can we have that debate another time, otherwise we’ll get fired. You might be the Queen but you can’t save us,” Garraway replied as Mirren vowed to “shut my mouth.” You can watch the full clip in the video archive. Stills from the taping and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

Both “Trumbo” and “Eye in the Sky”, Helen’s upcoming films for the end of the year, will have their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. In “Trumbo”, Bryan Cranston stars as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whosecontroversy entangled most everyone in showbiz, from red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. In “Eye in the Sky”, Mirren stars alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in a timely thriller about a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone. Premiere dates for both films will be announced closer to the festival’s opening.

Today, Helen Mirren turns 70. This is not only a landmark in her life, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of her career. In 1965, Helen made a splash with the lead role in the National Youth Theatre’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra”, which led to a decade-long involvement with the Royal Shakespeare. Today, 50 years later, Helen is just as in demand as she was those years ago. She is one of the very few women in Hollywood capable to successfully open a film on her name (“Woman in Gold”), not to mention a successful Broadway play. The year brought her one of the industries’ biggest honors, the Tony Award. And there’s no slowing down with two projects to be released later in the year. What’s more to simply say: Happy Birthday, Helen Mirren!

Another previous year of public appearances has been added to the photo gallery. In 2012, Helen Mirren not only promoted two films – the little-seen “The Door” and the successful “Hitchcock”, she also honored co-star Morgan Freeman at the Golden Globes and the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee in London. Further, Helen received Lifetime Achievements from the European Film Awards and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. To launch all public appearances from 2012, click any of the previews below.



The photo gallery has been updated with pictures of Helen’s public appearances in 2013. It has not yet another busy year, with the West End opening of “The Audience”, for which she won the Olivier award, her performance in “Hitchcock” for which she received Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations, and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With these additions, the gallery now boasts over 100.000 pictures. That’s amazing – and insane, because most of the public appearances haven’t been added yet, so there’s much more to come.