Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren DBE (née Mironoff; born 26 July 1945) is an English actor. The recipient of numerous accolades, she is the only person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She received an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for the same role in The Audience, three British Academy Television Awards for her performance as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, and four Primetime Emmy Awards, including two for Prime Suspect. Excelling on stage with the National Youth Theatre, Mirren's performance as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra in 1965 saw her invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company before she made her West End stage debut in 1975. Since then, Mirren has also had success in television and film. Aside from her Academy Award-winning performance, Mirren's other Oscar-nominated performances were for The Madness of King George (1994), Gosford Park (2001), and The Last Station (2009). For her role on Prime Suspect, which ran from 1991 to 2006, she won three consecutive British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress (1992, 1993 and 1994), a joint-record of consecutive wins shared with Julie Walters, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Playing Queen Elizabeth I in the television series Elizabeth I (2005), and Queen Elizabeth II in the film The Queen (2006), she is the only actor to have portrayed both the ...

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2010 (1984)

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While planet Earth poises on the brink of nuclear self-destruction, a team of Russian and American scientists aboard the Leonov hurtles to a rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery spacecraft and its sole known survivor, the homicidal computer HAL.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  John Lithgow  •  Helen Mirren  •  Bob Balaban

While planet Earth poises on the brink of nuclear self-destruction, a team of Russian and American scientists aboard the Leonov hurtles to a rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery spacecraft and its sole known survivor, the homicidal computer HAL.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  John Lithgow  •  Helen Mirren  •  Bob Balaban

Age of Consent (1969)

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an offshore island to try once more. On the island he re-discovers his muse in the form of a young girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  James Mason  •  Helen Mirren  •  Jack MacGowran  •  Neva Carr-Glynn

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an offshore island to try once more. On the island he re-discovers his muse in the form of a young girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  James Mason  •  Helen Mirren  •  Jack MacGowran  •  Neva Carr-Glynn

Caligula (1979)

The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tinto Brass
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Teresa Ann Savoy  •  Helen Mirren  •  Peter O'Toole

The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tinto Brass
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Teresa Ann Savoy  •  Helen Mirren  •  Peter O'Toole

Excalibur (1981)

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A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boorman
CAST:  Nigel Terry  •  Helen Mirren  •  Nicholas Clay  •  Cherie Lunghi

A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boorman
CAST:  Nigel Terry  •  Helen Mirren  •  Nicholas Clay  •  Cherie Lunghi

Gosford Park (2001)

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In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

Greenfingers (2001)

Clive Owen stars as a prison inmate who goes into an experimental "open" prison where the inmates walk around freely and get job training for their impending releases. While there, he discovers he has a talent for growing flowers. His talent is recognized by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Hershman
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Helen Mirren  •  David Kelly  •  Warren Clarke

Clive Owen stars as a prison inmate who goes into an experimental "open" prison where the inmates walk around freely and get job training for their impending releases. While there, he discovers he has a talent for growing flowers. His talent is recognized by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Hershman
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Helen Mirren  •  David Kelly  •  Warren Clarke

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase re-team with Riley Poole and, now armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben must follow a clue left there to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Jon Voight  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ed Harris

Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase re-team with Riley Poole and, now armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben must follow a clue left there to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Jon Voight  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ed Harris

O Lucky Man! (1973)

This sprawling, surrealist comedy serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

This sprawling, surrealist comedy serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

Raising Helen (2004)

Helen Harris has a glamorous, big-city life working for one of New York's hottest modeling agencies. But suddenly her free-spirited life gets turned upside down when she must chose between the life she's always loved, and the new loves of her life!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Joan Cusack  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Spencer Breslin

Helen Harris has a glamorous, big-city life working for one of New York's hottest modeling agencies. But suddenly her free-spirited life gets turned upside down when she must chose between the life she's always loved, and the new loves of her life!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Joan Cusack  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Spencer Breslin

Shadowboxer (2005)

Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Daniels
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Helen Mirren  •  Vanessa Ferlito  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Daniels
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Helen Mirren  •  Vanessa Ferlito  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Leanne is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Williamson
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Katie Holmes  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Molly Ringwald

Leanne is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Williamson
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Katie Holmes  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Molly Ringwald

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

The Long Good Friday (1980)

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

The Madness of King George (1994)

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Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Hytner
CAST:  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Helen Mirren  •  Ian Holm  •  Rupert Graves

Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Hytner
CAST:  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Helen Mirren  •  Ian Holm  •  Rupert Graves

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

When the Whales Came (1989)

A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Rees
CAST:  Paul Scofield  •  David Threlfall  •  Helen Mirren  •  Helen Pearce

A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Rees
CAST:  Paul Scofield  •  David Threlfall  •  Helen Mirren  •  Helen Pearce

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

An English widow goes to Italy, falls in love with a dentist's son and marries him, against her straitlaced family's wishes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Sturridge
CAST:  Rupert Graves  •  Helen Mirren  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Barbara Jefford

An English widow goes to Italy, falls in love with a dentist's son and marries him, against her straitlaced family's wishes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Sturridge
CAST:  Rupert Graves  •  Helen Mirren  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Barbara Jefford

Calendar Girls (2003)

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Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Julie Walters  •  John Alderton  •  Linda Bassett

Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Julie Walters  •  John Alderton  •  Linda Bassett

The Clearing (2004)

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When affluent executive Wayne Hayes is kidnapped by a disgruntled employee and held for ransom in a forest, Wayne’s wife is forced to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pieter Jan Brugge
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Helen Mirren  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Alessandro Nivola

When affluent executive Wayne Hayes is kidnapped by a disgruntled employee and held for ransom in a forest, Wayne’s wife is forced to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pieter Jan Brugge
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Helen Mirren  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Alessandro Nivola

The Pledge (2001)

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A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Helen Mirren  •  Robin Wright

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Helen Mirren  •  Robin Wright
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