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HELEN MIRREN (Victoria) is one of the best-known and most respected actors with an international career spanning stage, screen and television. She is renowned for tackling challenging roles and has received numerous awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including an Academy Award® for her work in The Queen.

This fall, Mirren will star in Miramax's The Debt, directed by John Madden, in which she plays an Israeli Mossad agent whose pursuit of a Nazi war criminal comes back to haunt her 30 years later. She most recently completed filming of Arthur, alongside Russell Brand.

Mirren's most recent role was in Sony Pictures Classics' The Last Station. She played Sofya, the wife of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy during the tumultuous last year of his life. The role garnered her Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent Spirit and Academy Awards®.

Mirren also recently completed principal photography on a trio of films. With Love Ranch, a film inspired by the story of the first legalized brothel in Nevada, Mirren again collaborated with husband Taylor Hackford, not having done so since 1985's White Nights; in Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Mirren stars as Prospera, in a gender twist on the classic character; and in a new version of the 1947 classic Brighton Rock (adapted from the Graham Greene novel), Mirren stars as Ida, a café owner and amateur detective determined to bring a gangland killer to justice.

Mirren launched her career in London at the National Youth Theatre, playing Cleopatra. She went on to star in a number of esteemed productions, including "Troilus and Cressida” and "Macbeth,” for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1972, she joined the renowned director Peter Brook's theatre company and toured the world. 19 Mirren's film career began with Michael Powell's Age of Consent, but her breakthrough role was in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday, opposite Bob Hoskins. She has starred in such acclaimed films as John Boorman's Excalibur and Neil Jordan's Irish thriller Cal, for which she received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. She continued to push boundaries in Peter Weir's The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover and Terry George's Some Mother's Son, which she also coproduced. Mirren earned her first Academy Award® nomination for her performance as Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George, a role that won her another Best Actress Award from the Cannes Film Festival. She earned her second Oscar® nomination for her role as the housekeeper in Robert Altman's Gosford Park. Additional film credits include Calendar Girls, The Clearing and State of Play.

Her most celebrated role was as Elizabeth II in Stephen Frear's The Queen, for which she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress along with a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and numerous other awards from around the world.

In television, Mirren starred in the award-winning PBS series "Prime Suspect” as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. "Prime Suspect 7 – The Final Act” was released in 2006, bringing this iconic role to its conclusion after an unprecedented total of two Emmy Awards and six nominations, one Golden Globe nomination (which she lost to herself for her role in Elizabeth I), three BAFTA Awards and six nominations and a TCA nomination.

Her other television credits include "The Passion of Ayn Rand” (Emmy and a Golden Globe nominations); "Losing Chase” (Golden Globe Best Actress); "Door to Door” (Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations)' "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” (Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations); and her most recent television appearance, "Elizabeth I” (Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actress), in which she gave a tour de force performance as another English queen.

Mirren's more recent stage credits include "Phedre” at London's National Theatre and Washington D.C.'s New Shakespeare Theatre: "A Month in the Country,” for which she received a Tony nomination; "The Dance of Death” on Broadway, opposite Sir Ian McKellan; and "Mourning Becomes Electra” at the National Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Best Actress Award.

Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

From his award-winning performance in the independent New Zealand film The Price of Milk to his star-making turn in director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to his highly-anticipated role in the soon-to-be20 released Priest, New Zealand's KARL URBAN (William Cooper) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors in less than a decade.

Following his success in Jackson's now-classic films, the charming and versatile Urban has gone on to impress audiences and critics alike with a variety of roles in films such as Ghost Ship, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Bourne Supremacy, Doom, Pathfinder, Out of the Blue (for which he won the New Zealand Film and TV Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Film), J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, And Soon the Darkness and the aforementioned Priest.

Urban, a well-known New Zealand stage actor whose credits include the Auckland Theater productions of "Julius Caesar,” "Fourskins Lament” and Herbal Bed,” is also wel-lrespected for his work in television, most notably for his performance as Woodrow F. Call in the CBS production of "Commanche Moon,” a miniseries based on the book by Larry McMurtry, and the final chapter in the "Lonesome Dove” saga.

Urban, his wife and two children divide their time between New Zealand and California.

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