HELEN MIRREN (Alma Reville) has won international
for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of
Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of THE QUEEN, she received an Academy
Award, Golden Globe , Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award , and BAFTA
Award for Best Actress. She was also named Best Actress by
virtually every critic's organization from Los Angeles to London.
Mirren is currently in production of RED 2, filming in
Montreal and London with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise
Parker and Anthony Hopkins.
In 2013, Mirren will appear in an HBO biopic of Phil Spector
where she stars as lawyer Linda Kenney Baden with Al Pacino as Phil
Spector. Also, her portrayal of Emerenc in THE DOOR, directed by
Istvan Szabo, was recently released in Germany, Hungary and other
Mirren's recent work includes the Golden Globe nominated RED,
based on the DC comic of the same name; THE DEBT, where she plays a
Mossad agent in the John Madden-directed thriller; ARTHUR; and
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 EXCALIBAR; 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 THIED, 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
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. Most
recently, Mirren earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for
her performance in THE LAST STATION, playing Sofya Tolstoy.
Among her other film credits are Terry George's SOME MOTHER'S
SON, on which she also served as associate producer; CALENDAR GIRLS;
THE CLEARING; SHADOWBOXER; and STATE OF PLAY. She starred in a
screen adaptation of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, as Prospera in a
gender twist on the classic character.
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.
Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre in many varied
and challenging roles of the years. More recently she has received
two Tony Award nominations, for her work in "A Month in the
Country," and for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in "Dance of
Death." She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best
Actress for her performance in "Mourning Becomes Electra" at
London's National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National
Theatre in the title role in "Phèdre," directed by Sir Nicholas
Hytner. She will be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on
stage in London in 2013 in "The Audience" in a play by Peter Morgan
who wrote THE QUEEN.
On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series
"Prime Suspect" as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. She had
earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous
award nominations, for her role in early installments of the "Prime
Suspect" series. She won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden
Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane
Tennison in 2006's "Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act," the last
installment in the PBS series. Most recently Mirren was also honored
for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries
"Elizabeth I," winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG
Her long list of television credits also includes "Losing
Chase,"; "The Passion of Ayn Rand,"; "Door to Door," and "The Roman
Spring of Mrs. Stone," earning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award
nominations and awards.
Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.