Helen Mirren

Biography

Helen Mirren was born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff on 26th July 1945 in Chiswick, London, England. Her nickname is "Popper". She has an English mother and her father, a Russian aristocrat who was stranded in London after the 1917 revolution, was a driving instructor and a musician. She is the granddaughter of a White Russian émigré nobleman and has a sister, Catherine, and a brother, Peter. In her youth she once worked at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend as a "blagger" to attract customers to the rides. She attended a teacher training college to please her parents but pursued her real love, acting, during weekends and vacations at the National Youth Theatre.



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Stars Show Support for Charlie Hebdo on Golden Globes Red Carpet

by Victoria Pavlova | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 12th January 2015

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

by Rich Cline | Movie Review | 4th September 2014

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by Victoria Pavlova | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 10th August 2014

So here’s some news: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just breezed past Guardians of the Galaxy to the top of the box office. Yes, you can go back and read that again. The new addition to...

Tags: Chris Pratt - Zoe Saldana - Megan Fox - Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren Looks Picture Perfect In Blue Lace At 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' NY Premiere - Part 3

Footage | 8th August 2014

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Helen Mirren Will Play The Queen on Broadway, Daldry Directing

by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 8th August 2014

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Helen Mirren Set For Broadway Return To Play Queen Elizabeth II Again

by Nick Hill | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 6th August 2014

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Helen Mirren Starrer "The Hundred-Foot Journey" Features Spicy Food And Cheesy Romance

by Victoria Pavlova | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 6th August 2014

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by Charlotte Court | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 25th July 2014

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Katie Holmes, Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren Filming 'Woman In Gold' [Pictures]

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 17th July 2014

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The Hundred Foot Journey

Video | 9th July 2014

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Glamour Women Of The Year Awards 2014: Who Was Best Dressed? [Pictures]

by Stephanie Chase | News | Fashion / Beauty | 4th June 2014

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Netflix Invests In £100M Queen Elizabeth Series 'The Crown'

by Lauren James | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 23rd May 2014

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The Hundred Foot Journey

Video | 15th May 2014

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"Never Give Up" Bob Hoskins Leaves 11 Life Lessons for Daughter

by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 1st May 2014

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by Victoria Pavlova | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 1st May 2014

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Cate Blanchett's Oscar Tattoo, and Other Surprising Celebrity Ink

by Stephanie Chase | News | Fashion / Beauty | 6th March 2014

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Brits In America: UK Oscars Contingent In Patriotic Celebrations Before Tomorrow's Big Night

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 1st March 2014

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by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th February 2014

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Helen Mirren Guides Procession Of Stars To The Queen At Royal Arts Reception

by Lauren James | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 18th February 2014

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by Nick Hill | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th February 2014

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Dame Helen Mirren Strives To Keep Learning From Fellow Actors

by Victoria Pavlova | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 16th February 2014

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Helen Mirren Enjoys 'Knowing She's Won' Ahead of Bafta Fellowship

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 15th February 2014

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Helen Mirren Earns More Respect With Twerking Antics At Harvard's Woman Of The Year Awards [Video]

by Holly Williams | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 31st January 2014

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Helen Mirren Honored With Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award

by Nick Hill | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 19th January 2014

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Golden Globes 2014 Celebrates New Shows Over The Old as Television Nominations are Revealed

by Joe Wilde | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 13th December 2013

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Stars Out In Force For Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Helen Mirren Wins Big [Pictures]

by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th November 2013

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Helen Mirren's 'The Audience' Queen Performance Wins Standard Award

by Lauren James | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th November 2013

Dame Helen Mirren has once again been lauded for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, this time for her turn in West End production, The Audience. The 68 year-old star was named best actress at...

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Dame Helen Mirren Wins Yet Another Award For Playing The Queen

by Nick Hill | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th November 2013

Dame Helen Mirren has received another award for portraying the Queen of England.The 68 year-old received the award for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (Nov 17th) for her role...

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National Theatre In London Celebrates 50 Years With A Shining Cast And Star-Studded Guest List

by Victoria Pavlova | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 3rd November 2013

The National Theatre in London celebrated five decades of quality productions yesterday with the aid of some of the brightest and most experienced stars of UK theatre. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi,...

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Diana Goreham

Brilliant actress.Especial as DCI or Super Jane Tennison.Helen plays the part so well.I see that a new series is coming in the Autumn, good.How soon can we get the DVD of it?Thanks Helen. When will you film be released, where you play Queen Elizabeth IIDiana Goreham

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michelle paton

I think Helen Mirren is one of our finest actors, I also loved her in Prime Suspect and just by a look you understand what she is saying, no one is better by my book. Everything she does is pure magic and a treat to watch.

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michelle paton

ps ms mirren as a huge fan and away from home Scotland now live in Laguna Beach (weather) watching you is as good as being their thank you..

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Painterjohn

I am Helen's fan. I do say she is so gorgeous and beautiful. I love most of her pictures.I'm painting her portrait, copy from photo. I hope to show it to public when I finish and hope Helen will see it.

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