HELEN MIRREN (Madame Mallory) has won international
recognition for her work on
stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 in
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
every critic's organization from Los Angeles to London. In 2014, she was honored
the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding career in film.
Her 2013 work includes the HBO biopic of Phil Spector where she starred as
Linda Kenney Baden opposite Al Pacino as Phil Spector, for which she won a SAG
Award for her performance and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe,
as well as Disney Pixar's "Monsters University" in which she voiced the
character of Dean Hardscrabble.
Other recent work includes: "Red 2" with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and
Anthony Hopkins; "Hitchcock," a
Sacha Gervasi production in which she stars with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock's
wife, Alma Reville, for which
her performance was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award; "The Debt,"
where she plays a Mossad
agent in the John Madden-directed thriller; and Hungarian director IstvĂˇn
Szabo's "The Door."
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 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;" Pat O'Connor'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
Mirren earned her first Academy Award 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 Academy Award 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 Academy Award 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," "State of Play," "The
Tempest" and "Brighton Rock."
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 in 2006's "Prime Suspect
7: The Final Act," the last
installment in the PBS series. Most recently Mirren was 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," for which
she won a Golden Globe; "The Passion
of Ayn Rand," which garnered her an Emmy; "Door to Door" and "The Roman Spring
of Mrs. Stone," both
earning Golden Globe, Emmy Award and SAG Award nominations.
Mirren has also worked extensively in the theatre, most recently reprising
her role of Queen Elizabeth II in
"The Audience" in London's West End, for which she won the Olivier Award for
Best Actress. 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 to star in
the title role in "Phedre," directed
by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.