British actress DAME Helen Mirren had an "emotional breakdown" over the death of her younger brother PETER on the set of her latest Hollywood film THE CLEARING.

Mirren, 58, was devastated when Peter, a 53-year-old teacher, passed away last year (03) while she was making the award-winning comedy Calendar Girls.

She admits, "I had just been bottling it all up too long.

"I had to repress my emotions when it happened and then I moved straight on to film The Clearing.

"I didn't have time to absorb the pain."

29/06/2004 02:56