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HELEN MIRREN (Cameron Lynne) is an actress who has won international recognition for an exceptional career spanning film, television and theater.

Mirren's recent film projects include her husband Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, in which she stars opposite Joe Pesci. For Mirren and Hackford, it is their first film collaboration since 1985's White Nights. She is also working on Michael Hoffman's The Last Station, for Warner Bros.; Julie Taymor's The Tempest, for Miramax, in which she stars as Prospera in a twist on the classic character Prospero; and John Madden's The Debt, for Miramax.

Mirren won an Academy Award®and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), BAFTA and Critics' Choice Awards for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. In addition, she was named Best Actress by every critics' organization from Los Angeles to London. The same year she filmed The Queen, Mirren won recognition for two other performances. For HBO, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the miniseries Elizabeth I, winning Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Mirren also reprised her role as Detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect: The Final Act, the last installment in the PBS series. The performance earned her nominations for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award—but she lost to herself for her role as Elizabeth I.

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 Lady Macbeth. She later toured the world with renowned director Peter Brook's theater company. Her breakthrough film role was in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday as the tough but sexy mistress to Bob Hoskin's 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 Award for Pat O'Connor's Cal. She continued to push boundaries in Peter Weir's The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & 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 Academy Award® and a BAFTA.

Mirren received another Academy Award® nomination for her role as the housekeeper in Robert Altman's Gosford Park, for which she won SAG, Critics' Choice and New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Mirren's television credits include Kevin Bacon's Losing Chase, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Christopher Menaul's The Passion of Ayn Rand, and for her roles in Door to Door and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.

Her recent film credits include Sean Penn's The Pledge, Garry Marshall's Raising Helen, Nigel Cole's Calendar Girls, Lee Daniels' Shadowboxer and Iain Softley's Inkheart.

On the stage, she has been equally successful, appearing in Teeth 'n' Smiles at the Royal Court Theatre, The Seagull at the Lyric Theatre and Arthur Miller's Two-Way Mirror.

Mirren's recent theater work includes her Broadway debut in 1995 with A Month in the Country, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. A second Tony Award nod came in 2002, when she played opposite Sir Ian McKellan in The Dance of Death.

Mirren's latest theater role in Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre won her a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best Actress. This summer, she will return to the National Theatre in a version of Jean Racine's Phèdre, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.


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