DAME HELEN LYDIA MIRREN, DBE (née MIRONOFF; born 26 July 1945) is
an English actor. Mirren began her acting career with the Royal
Shakespeare Company in 1967, and is one of the few performers who have
Triple Crown of Acting , having won the
Academy Award for
Best Actress in 2007, after two previous nominations, for her
performance as Queen
Elizabeth II in The Queen . She received an
Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2013 for her West End performance in
The Audience , in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II, and in 2015
she won the
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway
performance in the play. The Audience was written by
Peter Morgan ,
who also wrote The Queen. Mirren won three consecutive
for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994 and her first of several Emmy
Awards in 1996 for her performance as police detective Jane Tennison
on the British television series
Prime Suspect , which ran for seven
seasons between 1991 and 2006.
Some of her other notable film roles include Marcella in the 1984
film Cal , for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best
Actress , 2010 (1984), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife 1909–1996) and
Vasily Petrovich Mironoff (1913–1980). Her mother was English and
her father was Russian, originally from Kuryanovo,
Smolensk Oblast .
Mirren's paternal grandfather, Colonel Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov, was
Imperial Russian Army and fought in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War
. He later became a diplomat, and was negotiating an arms deal in
Britain when he and his family were stranded during the Russian
Revolution . The former diplomat became a
London cab driver to
support his family and settled down in England.
His son, Helen's father, anglicised the family name to Mirren in the
1950s and changed his name to Basil Mirren. He played the viola with
London Philharmonic before World War II, and later drove a taxi
cab and was a driving-test examiner, before becoming a civil servant
with the Ministry of Transport. Mirren's mother was a working-class
West Ham , East
London , and was the 13th of 14 children
born to a butcher whose own father had been the butcher to Queen
Victoria . Mirren considers her upbringing to have been "very
anti-monarchist". Mirren was the second of three children; she was
born three years after her older sister, Katherine ("Kate"; born
1942), and also had a younger brother, Peter Basil (1948–2002).
Mirren was brought up in
Leigh-on-Sea , Essex.
Hamlet Court primary school
Westcliff-on-Sea , where
she had the lead role in a school production of
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel
and St Bernard\'s High School for Girls in
Southend-on-Sea , where she
also acted in school productions. She then attended a teaching
New College of Speech and Drama in London, "housed within
Anna Pavlova 's old home, Ivy House" on the North End Road – which
runs from Golders Green to Hampstead. Aged eighteen, she auditioned
National Youth Theatre (NYT) and was accepted. By the time she
was 20, she was playing
Cleopatra in the NYT production of Antony and
Cleopatra at the
Old Vic , which led to her signing with the agent Al
As a result of her work for the National Youth Theatre, Mirren was
invited to join the
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). While with the
RSC, she played Castiza in
Trevor Nunn 's 1966 staging of The
Revenger\'s Tragedy , Diana in All\'s Well That Ends Well (1967),
Troilus and Cressida (1968), Rosalind in As You Like It
(1968), Julia in
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1970), Tatiana in Gorky
's Enemies at the Aldwych (1971), and the title role in
Miss Julie at
The Other Place (1971). She also appeared in four productions,
Braham Murray for Century Theatre at the University
Theatre in Manchester, between 1965 and 1967.
In 1970, the director/producer
John Goldschmidt made a documentary
film, Doing Her Own Thing, about Mirren during her time with the Royal
Shakespeare Company. The film was made for ATV and shown on the ITV
Network in the UK. In 1972 and 1973, Mirren worked with
Peter Brook 's
International Centre for Theatre Research, and joined the group's tour
in North Africa and the US, during which they created The Conference
of the Birds . She then rejoined the RSC, playing
Lady Macbeth at
Stratford in 1974 and at the
Aldwych Theatre in 1975.
It was reported by
Sally Beauman , in her 1982 history of the RSC,
that Mirren—while appearing in Nunn's
Macbeth (1974), and in a
highly publicised letter to
The Guardian newspaper—had sharply
criticised both the National Theatre and the RSC for their lavish
production expenditure, declaring it "unnecessary and destructive to
the art of the Theatre," and adding, "The realms of truth, emotion and
imagination reached for in acting a great play have become more and
more remote, often totally unreachable across an abyss of costume and
technicalities..." According to Beauman, there were no discernible
repercussions for this rebuke of the RSC.
WEST END AND RSC
Mirren at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2007
Royal Court Theatre in September 1975, she played the role of
a rock star named Maggie in Teeth \'n\' Smiles , a musical play by
David Hare ; she reprised the role the following year in a revival of
the play at Wyndham\'s Theatre in May 1976. Her performance earned her
London critics' Plays "> Mirren at the Metropolitan Opera
opening in September 2008
A further stage breakthrough came in 1994, in an Yvonne Arnaud
Theatre production bound for the West End, when
Bill Bryden cast her
as Natalya Petrovna in
Ivan Turgenev 's A Month in the Country . Her
John Hurt as her aimless lover Rakitin and Joseph
Fiennes in only his second professional stage appearance as the
cocksure young tutor Belyaev. "Instead of a bored Natalya fretting the
summer away in dull frocks, Mirren, dazzlingly gowned, is a woman
almost wilfully allowing her heart's desire for her son's young tutor
to rule her head and wreak domestic havoc....Creamy shoulders bared,
she feels free to launch into a gloriously enchanted, dreamily comic
self-confession of love." (John Thaxter, Richmond
The Guardian called
it "plodding spectacle rarely informed by powerful passion", while The
Daily Telegraph said "the crucial sexual chemistry on which any great
production ultimately depends is fatally absent". In 2000 Nicholas
Hytner , who had worked with Mirren on the film version of The Madness
of King George , cast her as Lady Torrance in his revival of Tennessee
Orpheus Descending at the
Donmar Warehouse in London.
Michael Billington, reviewing for
The Guardian , described her
performance as "an exemplary study of an immigrant woman who has
acquired a patina of resilient toughness but who slowly acknowledges
At the National Theatre in November 2003 she again won praise playing
Christine Mannon ("defiantly cool, camp and skittish", Evening
Standard ; "glows with mature sexual allure",
Daily Telegraph ) in a
revival of Eugene O\'Neill 's
Mourning Becomes Electra directed by
Howard Davies . "This production was one of the best experiences of my
professional life, The play was four and a half hours long, and I have
never known that kind of response from an audience ... It was the
serendipity of a beautifully cast play, with great design and
direction, It will be hard to be in anything better." (In the Frame,
September 2007). She played the title role in
Jean Racine 's Phèdre
at the National in 2009, in a production directed by
Nicholas Hytner .
The production was also staged at the Epidaurus amphitheatre on 11 and
12 July 2009.
Mirren has also appeared in a large number of films throughout her
career. Some of her earlier film appearances include roles in
Midsummer Night\'s Dream , Age of Consent ,
O Lucky Man! , Caligula ,
Excalibur , 2010 ,
The Long Good Friday , White Nights , When the
Whales Came and
The Mosquito Coast . She appeared in Some Mother\'s
Son , Painted Lady ,
The Prince of Egypt and The Madness of King
George . One of her other film roles was in
Peter Greenaway 's The
Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover , as the thief's wife,
Michael Gambon . In
Teaching Mrs. Tingle , she plays sadistic
history teacher Mrs Eve Tingle. In 2007, she claimed director Michael
Winner had treated her "like a piece of meat" at a casting call in
1964. Asked about the incident, Winner told
The Guardian : "I don't
remember asking her to turn around but if I did I wasn't being
serious. I was only doing what the agent asked me – and for this I
get reviled! Helen's a lovely person, she's a great actress and I'm a
huge fan, but her memory of that moment is a little flawed."
Mirren continued her successful film career when she starred more
Gosford Park with
Maggie Smith and
Calendar Girls with
Julie Walters . Other more recent appearances include
The Clearing ,
Raising Helen , and
Shadowboxer . Mirren also provided the
voice for the supercomputer "Deep Thought " in the film adaptation of
Douglas Adams ' The Hitchhiker\'s Guide to the Galaxy . During her
career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and
television series: Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I
Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), and Charlotte of
Mecklenburg-Strelitz , the wife of George III , in The Madness of King
George (1994). She is the only actress ever to have portrayed both
Queens Elizabeth on the screen.
Mirren's title role of The Queen earned her numerous acting awards
BAFTA , a
Golden Globe , and an
Academy Award , among many
others. During her acceptance speech at the
Academy Award ceremony,
she praised and thanked
Elizabeth II and stated that she had
maintained her dignity and weathered many storms during her reign as
Queen. Mirren later appeared in supporting roles in the films National
Treasure: Book of Secrets , Inkheart , State of Play , and The Last
Station , for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
Mirren's first film of the 2000s was
Joel Hershman 's Greenfingers
(2000), a comedy based on the true story about the award-winning
prisoners of HMP Leyhill , a minimum-security prison. Mirren
portrayed a devoted plantswoman in the film, who coaches a team of
prison gardeners, led by
Clive Owen , to victory at a prestigious
flower show. The project garnered largely lukewarm reviews from
critics, who felt that it added "nothing new to this already saturated
genre" of British feel-good films . The same year, she began work on
the mystery film The Pledge , actor
Sean Penn 's second directorial
effort, in which she played a child psychologist. A critical success,
the ensemble film tanked at the box office. Also the year, she filmed
the American-Icelandic satirical drama No Such Thing opposite Sarah
Polley . Directed by
Hal Hartley , Mirren portrayed a soulless
television producer in the film, who strives for sensationalistic
stories. It was largely panned by critics.
Her biggest critical and commercial success, released in 2001, became
Robert Altman 's all-star ensemble mystery film
Gosford Park . An
homage to writer
Agatha Christie 's whodunit style, the story follows
a party of wealthy Britons and an American, and their servants, who
gather for a shooting weekend at an English country house, resulting
in an unexpected murder. Widely acclaimed by critics, it received
multiple awards and nominations, including a second Academy Award
nomination and first Screen Actors Guild Award win for Mirren's
portrayal of the sternly devoted head servant Mrs. Wilson. Mirren's
last film that year was
Fred Schepisi 's dramedy film Last Orders
Michael Caine and
Bob Hoskins .
In 2003, Mirren starred in
Nigel Cole 's comedy
Calendar Girls ,
inspired by the true story of a group of
Yorkshire women who produced
a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the
auspices of the Women\'s Institutes . Mirren was initially resistant
to join the project, at first dismissing it as another middling
British picture, but rethought her decision upon learning of the
casting of co-star
Julie Walters . The film garnered generally
positive reactions by film critics, and grossed $96,000,000 worldwide.
In addition, the picture earned Satellite ,
Golden Globe , and
European Film Award nominations for Mirren. Her other film that year
was the Showtime television film The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Olivier Martinez , and
Anne Bancroft , based on the 1950
novel of the same title by
Tennessee Williams .
In 2010, Mirren appeared in five films. In
Love Ranch , directed by
Taylor Hackford , she portrayed Sally Conforte , one half
of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in the United
Mustang Ranch in
Storey County, Nevada , leading to the
mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination of famous
Ringo Bonavena . The drama film received mostly
negative reviews from critics, who called it "disappointingly
flaccid," and underperformed at the international box offices.
Mirren starred in the principal role of Prospera , the duchess of
Milan , in
Julie Taymor 's
The Tempest . Based on the play of the same
name by Shakespeare , Taymor changed the original character's gender
to cast Mirren as her lead. While the actress garnered strong reviews
for her portrayal, the film itself was largely panned by critics.
Mirren at the 2010 Comic Con in
Mirren played a gutsy tea-shop owner who tries to save one of her
young employees from marrying a teenage killer in
Rowan Joffé 's
Brighton Rock , a crime film loosely based on
Graham Greene 's 1938
novel . The film noir premiered at the Toronto International Film
Festival in September 2010, where it received mixed reviews.
Mirren's biggest critical and commercial success of the year was
Robert Schwentke 's ensemble action comedy Red , in which she
portrayed a retired assassin. Based on the graphic novel of the same
Warren Ellis , she was initially hesitant to sign on due to
film's graphic violence, but changed her mind upon learning of Willis'
involvement. Released to positive reviews, it grossed $186.5 million
worldwide. Also in 2010, the actress lent her voice to
Zack Snyder 's
computer-animated fantasy film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of
Ga\'Hoole , voicing antagonist Nyra, a leader of a group of owls. The
film grossed $140.1 million on a $80 million budget.
Mirren's next film was the comedy film Arthur , a remake of the 1981
film of the same name , starring
Russell Brand in the lead role.
Arthur received generally negative reviews from critics, who declared
it an "irritating, unnecessary remake." In preparation for her role
as a retired Israeli
Mossad agent in the film The Debt , Mirren
reportedly immersed herself in studies of Hebrew language, Jewish
Holocaust writing, including the life of Simon Wiesenthal
, while in Israel in 2009 for the filming of some of the movie's
scenes. The film is a remake of a 2007 Israeli film of the same name .
In 2012, Mirren played
Alfred Hitchcock 's wife
Alma Reville in the
2012 biopic Hitchcock , directed by
Sacha Gervasi and based on Stephen
Rebello 's non-fiction book
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
. The film centres on the pair's relationship during the making of
Psycho , a controversial horror film that became one of the most
acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker's career. It became a
moderate arthouse success and garnered a lukewarm critical response
from critics, who felt that it suffered from "tonal inconsistency and
a lack of truly insightful retrospection." Mirren was universally
praised for her play however, with
Roger Ebert noting that the film
depended most on her portrayal, which he found to be "warm and
effective." Her other film that year was The Door , a claustrophobic
drama film directed by
István Szabó , based on the Hungarian novel
of the same name. Set at the height of communist rule in 1960s
Hungary, the story of the adaptation centres on the abrasive influence
that a mysterious housekeeper wields over her employer and successful
Martina Gedeck . Mirren found the role "difficult to
play" and cited doing it as "one of the hardest things ever done."
Mirren receives her star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame in January
The following year, Mirren replaced
Bette Midler in
David Mamet 's
biographical television film
Phil Spector about the American musician
HBO film focuses on the relationship between Spector and his
defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Mirren, during the
first of his two murder trials for the 2003 death of
Lana Clarkson in
his California mansion. Spector received largely mixed to positive
reviews from critics, particularly for Mirren and co-star
Al Pacino 's
performances, and was nominated for eleven Primetime
Emmy Awards ,
also winning Mirren a Screen Actors Guild Award at the 20th awards
ceremony . The film drew criticism both from Clarkson's family and
friends, who charged that the suicide defense was given more merit
than it deserved, and from Spector's wife, who argued that Spector was
portrayed as a "foul-mouthed megalomaniac" and a "minotaur". Also in
2013, Mirren voiced the character of Dean Abigail Hardscrabble in
Pixar 's computer-animated comedy film
Monsters University , which
grossed $743 million against its estimated budget of $200 million,
and reprised her role in the sequel film Red 2 . The action comedy
received a mixed reviews from film critics, who called it a
"lackadaisical sequel", but became another commercial success, making
over $140 million worldwide.
Mirren's only film of 2014 was the comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot
Journey opposite Indian actor
Om Puri . Directed by Lasse Hallström
and produced by
Steven Spielberg and
Oprah Winfrey , the film is based
on Richard Morais' 2010 novel with the same name and tells the story
of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town. Mirren
garnered largely positive reviews for her performance of a snobby
restaurateur, a role which she accepted as she was keen to play a
French character, reflecting her "pathetic attempt at being a French
actress." The film earned her another
Golden Globe nomination and
became a modest commercial success, grossing $88.9 million worldwide.
In 2015, Mirren reunited with her former assistant Simon Curtis on
Woman in Gold , co-starring
Ryan Reynolds . The film was based on the
true story of Jewish refugee
Maria Altmann , who, together with her
young lawyer Randy Schoenberg , fought the Austrian government to be
Gustav Klimt 's painting of her aunt, the famous
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I . The film received mixed reviews
from critics, although Mirren and Reynold's performances were widely
praised. A commercial success, Woman in Gold became one of the
highest-grossing specialty films of the year. The same year, Mirren
Gavin Hood 's thriller Eye in the Sky (2015), in which she
played as a military intelligence officer who leads a secret drone
mission to capture a terrorist group living in
Nairobi, Kenya .
Mirren last film that year was
Jay Roach 's biographical drama Trumbo
Bryan Cranston and
Diane Lane . The actress played Hedda
Hopper , the famous actress and gossip columnist , in the film, which
received generally positive reviews from critics and garnered her a
Golden Globe nomination. In 2016, Mirren was cast as Mother
Ginger in Disney's adaptation of
The Nutcracker titled The Nutcracker
and the Four Realms .
Mirren is known for her role as detective Jane Tennison in the widely
Prime Suspect , a multiple award-winning television drama
series that was noted for its high quality and popularity. Her
portrayal of Tennison won her three consecutive
BAFTA Awards for Best
Actress between 1992 and 1994.
Some of Mirren's other television performances include Cousin Bette
As You Like It (1979);
Blue Remembered Hills
Blue Remembered Hills (1979); The
Twilight Zone episode "Dead Woman\'s Shoes " (1985); The Passion of
Ayn Rand (1999), where her performance won her both the
Emmy and the
Golden Globe ; Door to Door (2002); and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
(2003). In 1976, she appeared with
Laurence Olivier ,
Alan Bates and
Malcolm McDowell in a production of
Harold Pinter 's The Collection as
part of the
Laurence Olivier Presents series. She also played
Elizabeth I in 2005, in the television serial Elizabeth I , for
Channel 4 and
HBO , for which she received an
Emmy Award . Mirren won
Emmy Award on 16 September 2007 for her role in Prime Suspect:
The Final Act on PBS in the same category as in 2006. Mirren hosted
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live on 9 April 2011.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Helen Mirren
Mirren at the 2014
Deauville American Film Festival
Mirren lived with actor
Liam Neeson during the early 1980s. They met
while working on Excalibur (1981). Interviewed by
James Lipton for
Inside the Actors Studio , Neeson said she was instrumental in his
getting an agent.
Mirren married American director
Taylor Hackford (her partner since
1986) on 31 December 1997, his 53rd birthday. The ceremony took place
Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish
Highlands . The couple had met on the set of White Nights . It is her
first marriage, and his third (he has two children from his previous
marriages). Mirren has no children and says she has "no maternal
Mirren's autobiography, In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures,
was published in the UK by
Weidenfeld and Nicolson in September 2007.
The Stage , John Thaxter wrote: "Sumptuously
illustrated, at first sight it looks like another of those photo
albums of the stars. But between the pictures there are almost 200
pages of densely printed text, an unusually frank story of her private
and professional life, mainly in the theatre, the words clearly
Mirren's own, delivered with forthright candour."
In 1990, Mirren stated in an interview that she is an atheist . In
the August 2011 issue of Esquire magazine, Mirren said, "I am quite
spiritual. I believed in fairies when I was a child. I still do sort
of believe in the fairies. And the leprechauns. But I don't believe in
In a GQ interview in 2008, Mirren stated she had been date raped as a
student and had often taken cocaine at parties in her 20s, and until
the 1980s. She stopped using the drug after reading the (since
debunked) tabloid tale that
Klaus Barbie made a living from cocaine
On 11 May 2010, Mirren attended the unveiling of her waxwork at
London . The figure reportedly cost £150,000 to make
and took four months to complete. In 2012, Mirren was among the
British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in
a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt.
Pepper\'s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the
British cultural figures of his life that he most admires.
In 2013, Mirren was announced as one of several new models for Marks
& Spencer 's 'Womanism' campaign. Subtitled "Britain's leading
ladies", the campaign saw Mirren appear alongside British women from
various fields, including pop singer
Ellie Goulding , double Olympic
gold medal winning boxer
Nicola Adams , and writer
Monica Ali .
Mirren was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The
Guardian in March 2013.
She is quoted as being a naturist , telling the
Radio Times “I’m
a naturist at heart. I love being on beaches where everyone is naked.
Ugly people, beautiful people, old people, whatever. It’s so
unisexual and so liberating.” In 2004, she was named "
the Year" by
British Naturism . She said: “Many thanks to British
Naturism for this great honour. I do believe in naturism and am my
happiest on a nude beach with people of all ages and races!”
Press for Time
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Age of Consent
Red Hot Shot
O Lucky Man!
Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, TheThe Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu
Long Good Friday, The
The Long Good Friday
Frieda von Richthofen Weekley
Mosquito Coast, The
The Mosquito Coast
When the Whales Came
When the Whales Came
Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, TheThe Cook, the Thief, His
Wife 2 episodes
Linda Kenney Baden
World War One Remembered: Passchendaele
SELECTED STAGE CREDITS
Antony and Cleopatra ,
Old Vic Theatre, London, 1965
* Cathleen, Long Day\'s Journey into Night , Century Theatre,
* Kitty, Charley\'s Aunt , Century Theatre, Manchester, 1967
The Merchant of Venice , Century Theatre, Manchester,
* Castiza, The Revenger\'s Tragedy , Royal Shakespeare Company,
Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1967
* Diana, All\'s Well That Ends Well , Royal Shakespeare Company,
Troilus and Cressida , Royal Shakespeare Company,
Aldwych Theatre, London, 1968
Much Ado About Nothing , Aldwych Theatre, 1968–1969
* Win-the-Fight Littlewit,
Bartholomew Fair , Aldwych Theatre, 1969
* Lady Anne, Richard III , Royal Shakespeare Company,
Hamlet , Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon,
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona , Royal Shakespeare Company,
* Tatyana, Enemies, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
The Man of Mode , Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych
* Title role,
Miss Julie , Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych
The Balcony , Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre,
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure ,
Riverside Studios Theatre,
* Lady Macbeth,
Macbeth , Royal Shakespeare Company,
Stratford-upon-Avon, 1974, then Aldwych Theatre, 1975
* Maggie, Teeth \'n\' Smiles , Royal Court Theatre, London, 1975,
then Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1976
The Seagull , Lyric Theatre, London, 1975
* Ella, The Bed before Yesterday, Lyric Theatre, 1975
* Queen Margaret, Henry VI, Parts I, II and III, Royal Shakespeare
Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1977, then Aldwych Theatre, 1978
* Title role,
The Duchess of Malfi , Royal Exchange Theatre,
Manchester, England, 1980, then The Roundhouse, London, 1981
* Grace, Faith Healer, Royal Court Theatre, 1981
* Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Pit Theatre, London, 1983
* Moll Cutpurse,
The Roaring Girl , Barbican Theatre, London, 1983
* Marjorie, Extremities , Duchess Theatre, London, 1984
Madame Bovary , 1987
* Angela, "Some Kind of Love Story" and dying woman, "Elegy for a
Lady," in Two-Way Mirror (double-bill),
Young Vic Theatre, *London,
* Sex Please, We're Italian, 1991
* Natalya Petrovna, A Month in the Country , London, 1994, then
Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1995
* Antony and Cleopatra, Royal National Theatre, London, 1998
* Collected Stories, London, 1999
* Lady Torrance,
Orpheus Descending , Donmar Warehouse, London, 2000
* Alice, Dance of Death , Broadhurst Theatre, New York City,
Mourning Becomes Electra , Lyttelton Stage, Royal National
Phèdre , National Theatre, 2009
* Also appeared as Susie Monmican, The Silver Lassie; in Woman in
Mind , Los Angeles
* Queen Elizabeth II, The Audience , The Gielgud Theatre, London,
* Queen Elizabeth II, The Audience , Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New
York City, 2015
* Command Performance, a profile of
Helen Mirren written by John
The New Yorker
The New Yorker magazine, 2 October 2006
* In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures (autobiography ) by
Helen Mirren, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2007 ISBN 978-0-297-85197-4 .
* Rather than writing an autobiography, Mirren was commissioned by
Alan Samson at
Orion Books to write about her life in a series of
chapters based on pictures from her extensive personal collection of
photography and memorabilia. Edited by Chris Worwood, with whom she
worked on the Award-winning
HBO series Elizabeth, the book covers
every aspect of her life from her aristocratic Russian heritage to her
days with Peter Hall's RSC company to her
Academy Award for The Queen.
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