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NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS

Dame HELEN MIRREN (Emily Appleton) has won international recognition for performances spanning four decades. For her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Miramax's "The Queen,” Mirren won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe®, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and a Critics Choice Award. In addition, she was named Best Actress by every critics organization from Los Angeles to London. At the Venice Film Festival, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress and received a five-minute standing ovation for her performance after the film's premiere.

Mirren has also received significant recognition for two other performances she filmed in the same year as "The Queen.” For HBO, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the miniseries "Elizabeth I.” She won an Emmy®, a Golden Globe® and a SAG Award for that role. The two-part series explored the queen's public and private life late in her reign. Mirren also reprised her long-running character Detective Jane Tennison in "Prime Suspect: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. The performance earned her an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® nomination. She had already received one Emmy® and three BAFTAs for the role in previous installments.

Mirren began her career at the National Youth Theatre and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, starring in such productions as "Troilus and Cressida” and as Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth.” She later toured the world with the renowned director Peter Brook's theatre company. Her breakthrough film role was in John Mackenzie's "The Long Good Friday” as the tough but sexy mistress to Bob Hoskins' volatile gangster character. Critics hailed her as a major new screen star.

Soon after, Mirren won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA for Neil Jordan's "Cal.” She continued to push boundaries in Peter Weir's "The Mosquito Coast,” Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” Charles Sturridge's "Where Angels Fear to Tread” and Terry George's "Some Mother's Son,” which she also co-produced.

In 1995 Mirren won a second Best Actress Award at Cannes for her work in Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George.” The role earned her nominations for an Oscar® and a BAFTA Award. They were just the first of many such recognitions.

For Kevin Bacon's "Losing Chase,” Mirren won a Golden Globe® Award. For Christopher Menaul's "The Passion of Ayn Rand,” she won Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG nominations. For Robert Altman's "Gosford Park,” she won a SAG, Critics' Choice and New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for the Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe® Awards. Mirren received SAG, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for the television movies "Door to Door” and "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.” Her other film credits include Sean Penn's "The Pledge,” Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen” and Lee Daniels' "Calendar Girls.”

Mirren's most recent screen role is in Iain Softley's "Inkheart,” based on Cornelia Funke's popular fantasy novel, and she followed her work on NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS by starring with Brad Pitt, Rachel McAdams, Edward Norton and Robin Wright Penn in Kevin McDonald's "State of Play.”

On the stage, she has given equally successful performances, appearing in "Teeth 'n Smiles” at the Royal Court, "The Seagull” at the Lyric and Arthur Miller's "Two-Way Mirror.” Mirren's Broadway debut came in 1995 with "A Month in the Country,” for which she earned a Tony® nomination. A second Tony® nod came in 2002, when she played opposite Sir Ian McKellen in "The Dance of Death.” She most recently starred in "Mourning Becomes Electra” at the National Theatre, which brought her a nomination for an Olivier Best Actress Award.

Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in

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