HELEN MIRREN (Sarah Winchester) is an Academy Award winner
(The Queen), a BAFTA Award
winner, a Golden Globe winner, a Cannes Film Festival Award winner, a Screen
Actors Guild Award
winner, a Tony Award winner, an Olivier Award winner and a Dame.
She has amassed an extraordinary number of appearances in film, television
and on stage including:
An Oscar for The Queen and three Oscar nominations for The Last Station,
Gosford Park and The
Madness of King George; 11 Golden Globe nominations and three wins for Best
Actress in The Queen
(film), Elizabeth 1 (television) and Losing Chase (television); four BAFTA
awards for Best Actress - one
in film for The Queen and three in television for Prime Suspect, Prime Suspect 2
and Prime Suspect
3 - and seven BAFTA nominations; four Primetime Emmy Award wins - Prime Suspect:
Act; Elizabeth I; The Passion of Ayn Rand; Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness
- plus, six BAFTA
nominations; two Cannes Film Festival wins for Best Actress for Neil Jordan's
Cal and The Madness of
King George; and three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Best Female Actor -
Phil Spector, The
Queen, and Gosford Park (shared as part of an ensemble cast), plus six SAG
nominations to name a few.
For her 2006 portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen alone, Mirren received
an Academy Award,
Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
She was also
named Best Actress by virtually every critics organization from Los Angeles to
London. In 2014, she was
honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding career in film.
Helen Mirren was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2003 in
recognition of her contribution to
She can be seen in the upcoming films: The Leisure Seeker opposite Donald
Hallstrom's upcoming The Nutcracker and The Four Realms and Luc Besson's Anna M.
Her recent films include: The Fate of the Furious; Collateral Beauty; Eye in the
Sky, in which she
portrays an army Colonel in a world of drone warfare; Trumbo as Hedda Hopper;
Woman in Gold, as
Maria Altmann, the Austrian Jewish refugee who fought to reclaim her family's
art that had been stolen
by the Nazis in World War II.
Her prior films include: Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Foot Journey; 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 in Monster
University. For her role as Alma
Reville in Hitchcock, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award; the
comedies RED and
RED 2; John Madden-directed thriller The Debt, in which she plays a Mossad
agent; Istvan Szabo's The
Door; Terry George's Some Mother's Son, on which she also served as associate
Girls; The Clearing; Shadowboxer; State of Play; The Tempest; and, Brighton
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 and
Cressida and Macbeth. In
1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook's theatre company and toured the
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, she
starred in a wide range of
acclaimed films, including John Boorman's Excalibur, Neil Jordan's Irish
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; and Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her
She 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 Golden Globe and BAFTA Award
critics groups' awards, and dual SAG Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress and
a second as part of the
winning ensemble cast. Mirren earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations
for her performance in
The Last Station, playing Sofya Tolstoy.
In television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series Prime Suspect as
Detective Chief Inspector
Jane Tennison. She had earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as
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. 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 Award. For her performance in the biopic Phil Spector, she won a
SAG Award and was
nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Her long list of television credits include: Losing Chase; The Passion of Ayn
Rand; Door to Door; and
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, which earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award
On stage, in 2015 Mirren reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway
in Stephen Daldry's The
Audience, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an
Actress in a Leading Role.
In 2013, she debuted her stage role of Elizabeth II in The Audience in London's
West End, for which she
received the Olivier Award for Best Actress.
A prolific stage thespian, Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre from
the RSC to Broadway. She
received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in
Electra at London's National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National
Theatre to star in the title
role in Phedre, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
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