Dame Helen Mirren joked her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was ''good for the monarchy'' at a ceremony on Thursday (03.01.13).

The 67-year-old actress - who won an Academy award for her portrayal of Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' - joked about her plaque's positioning next to that of 'King's Speech' actor Colin Firth as she received the 2,488th star yesterday.

Helen - who was accompanied to the ceremony by husband Taylor Hackford and his two sons - said: ''I couldn't be prouder and more happy that I'm actually going to finally lie next to Colin Firth, something I've been wanting to do for a very long time!

''Well I'm very pleased and proud and I think it's very good for the British monarchy that here on Hollywood Boulevard, the king and the queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history.''

Writer-and-director David Mamet introduced the 'Hitchcock' star to the crowd, heaping praise on her acting abilities.

He said: ''Helen's performances reap higher praise than being praised, they're loved.

''And by one who's had the absolute kick of working with her, I want to say as Rupert Brooke said, somewhere there will be a little piece of foreign ground that is always a bit of England, and that's right there.''