THE LEISURE SEEKER
HELEN MIRREN has won an Oscar
, Emmy, SAG Award, Tony, multiple BAFTA Awards and
Golden Globes, as international recognition for her work on stage, screen and
television. For her
portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 in The Queen, she received an Academy
Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
was also named Best Actress by virtually every critics' organization from Los
London. In 2014, she was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding
On stage, in 2015 Mirren reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway
Audience," a play by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry, for which she won
Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. In 2013, she
stage role of Elizabeth II in "The Audience" in London's West End, for which she
Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award, and 2014 WhatsOnStage Award, for Best
Mirren will next be seen in Winchester, portraying Sarah Winchester, and The
the Four Realms.
Most recently, she was seen in The Fate of the Furious, Collateral Beauty,
Eye in the Sky,
portraying an army Colonel in a world of remotely piloted aircraft warfare,
Hedda Hopper, and Woman in Gold, portraying Maria Altmann, the Austrian Jewish
who fought to reclaim her family's art that had been stolen by the Nazis in
World War II.
Other recent films include 100 Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallstrom and
Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and the HBO biopic Phil Spector, for which
she won a
SAG Award for her performance and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Additionally, she voiced the character of 'Dean Hardscrabble' Monster
Previous works include Hitchcock, for which she was nominated for a Golden
Globe and a
SAG Award, RED and RED 2, John Madden-directed thriller The Debt, in which she
Mossad agent, and Hungarian director Istvan Szabo's The Door.
Mirren began her career in the role of Cleopatra at the National Youth
Theatre. She then joined
the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in such productions as "Troilus
Cressida" and "Macbeth." In 1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook's
and toured the world.
Her film career began with Michael Powell's Age of Consent, but her
breakthrough film role
came in 1980 in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday. Over the next 10 years,
in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boorman's Excalibur, Neil
thriller Cal, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film
Festival and an
Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weir's The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaway's
the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, and Charles Sturridge's Where Angels Fear to
Mirren earned her first Oscar
nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas
Hytner's The Madness of King George, for which she also won Best Actress honors
at the 1994
Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar
nomination came for her work in Robert Altman's
2001 film Gosford Park. Her performance as the housekeeper also brought her
and BAFTA Award nominations, several critics groups' awards, and dual SAG
Awards, one for
Best Supporting Actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast. Most
Mirren earned both Oscar
and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in The Last
Station, playing Sofya Tolstoy.
Among her other film credits are Terry George's Some Mother's Son, on which
she also served
as associate producer, Calendar Girls, The Clearing, Shadowboxer, State of Play,
and Brighton Rock.
On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series Prime Suspect as
Inspector Jane Tennison. She had earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as
numerous award nominations, for her role in early installments of the Prime
Suspect series. She
won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised
the role of
Detective Jane Tennison in 2006's Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act, the last
installment in the
PBS series. Most recently Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen
Elizabeth I in
the HBO miniseries Elizabeth I, winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG
Her long list of television credits also includes Losing Chase; The Passion
of Ayn Rand, Door to
Door, and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, earning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG
nominations and awards.
Mirren has also worked extensively in the theatre. She received an Olivier
for Best Actress for her performance in "Mourning Becomes Electra" at London's
Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre to star in the title
role in "Phedre,"
directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.
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