Mirren's Anti-monarchist Upbringing
DAME HELEN MIRREN claims her late parents would have been bemused by her portrayal of British royal QUEEN ELIZABETH II, because they disagreed with the concept of a monarchy. Mirren stars as the UK monarch in upcoming movie THE QUEEN, but is unsure what her parents would have made of her performance. She says, "I was brought up in an anti-monarchist household. My parents were socialists and disapproved of the idea of class or monarchy. "Being of their era, where the class structure was so oppressive, they had good reason. But I suspect if they were alive now, they'd take a more benign view."