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HELEN MIRREN (Elinor) has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' "The Queen,” she swept the Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She was also named Best Actress by virtually every critics organization from Los Angeles to London.

Mirren was also recently 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®. In addition, she won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in "Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the long-running PBS series.

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 Brook's theatre company and toured the world.

Her film career began with Michael Powell's "Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie's "The Long Good Friday.” Over the next 10 years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boorman's "Excalibur”; Neil Jordan's Irish thriller "Cal,” for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weir's "The Mosquito Coast”; Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”; and Charles Sturridge's "Where Angels Fear to Tread.”

Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner's "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 Altman's 2001 film "Gosford Park.” Her performance as the housekeeper in that film 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. Among her other film credits are Terry George's "Some Mother's Son,” on which she also served as associate producer; "Calendar Girls,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination; "The Clearing”; "Shadowboxer”; and the action adventure "National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” Her upcoming films include "Love Ranch,” directed by her husband, Taylor Hackford, "The Last Station” and "State of Play.”

On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series "Prime Suspect” as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. The final "Prime Suspect” aired in 2006. She had earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations, for her role in earlier installments of the "Prime Suspect” series. Her long list of television credits also includes "Losing Chase,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award; "The Passion of Ayn Rand,” winning an Emmy and earning a Golden Globe nomination; "Door to Door,” for which she received Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award® nominations; and "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” earning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award® nominations.

Mirren has also worked extensively in the theatre. She has received two Tony Award nominations, the first for her work in "A Month in the Country,” and another for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in "Dance of Death.” She more recently received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in "Mourning Becomes Electra” at the National Theatre. Mirren will return to the stage next summer to star in the National Theatre's production of "Phèdre.” Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

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