Helen Mirren Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


26th August 2016

Fact: Helen Mirren is the latest star poised to join The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The Oscar winner is said to be in talks to play an unspecified role in the live-action movie, based on the classic Tchaikovsky ballet and a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Twilight's MACkenzie Foy and ballerina Misty Copeland are also on board for the project.


6th June 2016

Quote: "I'm not into the Kardashians, it's a phenomenon I just don't find interesting, but... it’s wonderful that you're allowed to have a butt nowadays! Thanks to Madame Kardashian, and before her, J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez). We're also allowed to have thighs now, which is great too. It's very positive." Veteran actress Helen Mirren is happy curves are back in fashion, thanks in part to curvy stars Lopez and Kim Kardashian.


1st May 2016

Fact: Helen Mirren paid tribute to late musical icon Prince at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (30Apr16). The British actress wore a purple dress and had a fake tattoo of Prince's 'symbol' emblazoned on her chest. The Purple Rain hitmaker died at the age of 57 on 21 April (16).


5th February 2016

Quote: "It's gotta be her breasts, because she's got the most beautiful breasts still to this day." Cuba Gooding, Jr. is a big fan of his Shadowboxer co-star Helen Mirren's cleavage.


1st December 2015

Quote: "During the very first screening of The Queen at the Venice Film Festival, my husband lets out this huge laugh because he'd never seen me dressed up as the queen. I lean over to him and say, 'Darling, do you think you'll ever f**k me again?' Between you and me - he has." Helen Mirren on her director husband Taylor Hackford's first impression of the actress dressed as Queen Elizabeth II.


16th September 2015

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren and Robert Redford have been chosen to receive special prizes for their career achievements at the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards in November (15). The veterans will be feted with the Actress and Actor Tribute honours. Previous recipients of the awards include Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet. The Oscar winners will be given the trophies at the 25th anniversary of the prizegiving on 30 November (15).


28th August 2015

Quote: ''I wouldn't be seen dead in shorts... I hate my legs. I have these short footballer's legs. First, they were my Kevin Keegans; now they're my Wayne Rooneys. They were never my David Beckhams, because he has great legs. I'd have been a great footballer because I'm built like one from the waist down." Oscar winner Helen Mirren isn't a fan of her legs.


19th June 2015

Quote: "It's f**king outrageous.. It's ridiculous. Honestly. So annoying. So annoying and 'twas ever thus. We all sat there watching, you know, James Bond... as James Bond got more and more geriatric and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It's so annoying." Helen Mirren condemns ageism towards women in Hollywood.


15th June 2015

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren gave a chilling account of the newly-released Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture as part of a skit on comedian John Oliver's Last Week Tonight show in America on Sunday (14Jun15). Oliver recruited the Oscar winner to record an audiobook version of the shocking report into American officials' torture and interrogation techniques in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


24th April 2015

Quote: "I've always said how incredibly important (former British Prime Minister) Margaret Thatcher was - although I didn't agree with her politics. She was a role model for a little three-year-old girl (to think) that she could become the prime minister of England. It's so incredibly important. So, go Hillary!" DAME Helen Mirren throws her support behind Hillary Clinton in her bid to become America's first female president.


1st April 2015

Quote: "Can't talk too much. I have to save my voice. The stage takes so much out of you. Theatre performances can be tiring. I'm living like a nun. I never go out." DAME Helen Mirren is trying to preserve her vocals in between Broadway commitments for her new play, The Audience.


31st March 2015

Quote: "I think it's totally overused and limiting; it limits human qualities into this very narrow, rather mundane... little place and humanity, human beings, are so much more complex and interesting and deep... than that. I wish there was a better word than that to express something deeper and richer." DAME Helen Mirren is not a fan of the word "sexy".


31st March 2015

Fact: THE QUEEN star DAME Helen Mirren squeaked her way through the end of her interview on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (30Mar15) after agreeing to suck helium from a balloon during her chat with the host. The British actress even encouraged Fallon to hand her a fake award so she could deliver her acceptance speech in the high voice. During the appearance, Mirren quipped, "I haven't done this since I was about 11!"


31st March 2015

Quote: "I was telling my dentist about this new role I was playing and he said, 'You have to see my mother because she was that woman, she came from Vienna from a similar kind of background'. He sent me this little email with a film of his mum, which I studied, and it was true, it was very familiar to Maria Altmann, who was the woman that I played, who also finished up in Los Angeles." DAME Helen Mirren received a little unexpected help from her dentist as she prepared for her role in WOMAN IN GOLD. In the film, the British actress portrays real-life Holocaust survivor Altmann, who battles the Austrian government for the return of an iconic family picture stolen by the Nazis.


30th March 2015

Quote: "I wasn't laughing. Fortunately, Madonna is a physically strong woman so her body could take the fall and then the adrenaline saw her through so she recovered well. All those hours in the gym paid off for her." DAME Helen Mirren weighs in on MADONNA's now-infamous fall onstage at the BRIT Awards in London last month (Feb15).


9th March 2015

Quote: "( got) that classic phone call: 'It's Steven Spielberg on the line for you.' Whenever an actor is lucky enough to receive that call you never believe it. You say, 'Don't be silly - who's having me on?' But I did get that call and when you get it, obviously you listen." Dame Helen Mirren, who worked with Steven Spielberg on her movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, insists no actor can turn down a call from legendary director.


24th February 2015

Quote: "What an incredibly moving moment that was, the singing of the song Glory and the two speeches... those two guys... They were amazing speeches, so articulate and beautifully, beautifully done. I'm not surprised people were in tears." Dame Helen Mirren applauds John Legend and Common for their powerful performance of the Selma theme tune at Sunday's (22Feb15) Oscars. The stars went on to win the Best Original Song award for the track and used their acceptance speech to highlight the continued fight for justice and equal rights.


2nd February 2015

Fact: Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren showed off her subway chic on Thursday (29Jan15) by opting to ride public on transport to get around New York City. The Queen star was photographed sitting on a train with her large purse on her lap.


12th January 2015

Quote: "It's a great symbol that's been created by the movement in France against the Charlie Hebdo atrocity, and I just thought it's a great reminder for all of us to stand by the ideal of free speech." Dame Helen Mirren on the pen pin she wore to the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on Sunday (11Jan15). Twelve journalists and cartoonists were slain last week (ends09Jan15) when Islamic extremists opened fire in the publication's Paris headquarters.


27th October 2014

Fact: Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has become the new face of cosmetics company L'Oreal at 69. The actress joins Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Andie MACDowell and model Lara Stone among the beauty brand's ambassadors. Jane Fonda, 76, and Diane Keaton, 68, are the other veteran beauties representing L'Oreal.


5th September 2014

Quote: "I've been telling everyone I'm 70 for the past two years. I knew I was getting near 70, so I just decided to say, 'You know, I'm 70'. It's perfect for me, because I'm surprised that I'm not 70 already. Like, 'Wow, I'm only 69. That's fantastic.'" Dame Helen Mirren is well prepared to mark a big milestone next year (15).


5th September 2014

Quote: "Look at the ancient Greek and Roman villas, and there on the living room wall is a huge picture of two men having sex. So, we are slipping into the Roman attitude. The whole thing of porn. I hate porn and I find it disgusting. But on the other hand, maybe the desensitising of us all to that sort of thing is healthy?" Dame Helen Mirren is glad attitudes towards sex are changing.


8th August 2014

Quote: "You're always in hotel rooms and therefore always having hotel-type food. And as great as it is you think, 'God, I just want a fried egg on toast, really'." Dame Helen Mirren isn't a fan of life on movie locations.


7th August 2014

Quote: "I'm not very fashionable, but I love fashion. My stripper shoes are great. They're my secret weapon. They're not so secret anymore. It means I can look Nicole Kidman in the eye. I've got two pairs of them. It's (always) the same ones." Helen Mirren loves walking tall on the red carpet.


1st August 2014

Quote: "I really miss the rain and grey skies and when the Tube is on strike. I miss that gritty London feeling. There is an awful lot I love about my country." British actress Dame Helen Mirren admits she gets nostalgic for her homeland after spending most of her time in Los Angeles and Italy.


16th July 2014

Quote: "She's much prettier than I ever was. There is a great similarity, actually... She's going to be the most beautiful woman. She's a beautiful, beautiful girl. She's going to be a spectacularly beautiful woman. Wonderful actress. I'm a huge fan." Dame Helen Mirren gushes over Jennifer Lawrence, who bares a striking similarity to the British actress at a young age.


3rd July 2014

Quote: "I can't handle going to the hairdresser every six weeks, so I only go about once a year. In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously. Sometimes I'll even chop my hair the morning of a big red carpet event." Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren prefers to cut her own hair.


14th May 2014

Quote: "I should have a dressing gown line. There are not enough nice dressing gowns in the world. I make them myself, especially for the theatre, because you live in your dressing gown in the theatre." Dame Helen Mirren is eyeing her own range of bath robes.


24th April 2014

Quote: "I would love to play Juliet... too late... but I do practice Juliet from time to time. I was never asked. It broke my heart especially when I realised I was in my 30s and 40s and I realised it's not going to happen now." Dame Helen Mirren is sad she never got to play the leading lady in a stage version of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet.


28th February 2014

Quote: "She and Taylor Hackford have this mansion and I rent a little cottage in the back. If I'm having a problem with the house, she'll come up and fix it. She is everything you would hope she'd be: wonderful, warm and funny." Winona Ryder rents from Dame Helen Mirren and insists she is a hands-on landlady.


16th February 2014

Quote: "I find myself working with Nic Cage, Harrison Ford... I'm terribly star-struck and impressed with myself that I am even in the same space as they are. They are sort of extraordinary, those huge American movie stars; they are a thing apart, really. It's hard to keep your feet on the ground and think it's all right. You keep thinking, 'It's all right; they're just like I am', but the reality is they're not just like you are at all." Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren still has to pinch herself when she finds herself on a film set with a Hollywood superstar.


12th December 2013

Quote: "This is a very proud moment for me. I would like to thank the Hfpa (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) for this nomination and as well as recognising Al Pacino, Linda Kenny Baden, and David Mamet, all of whom were very instrumental in participation in this project." Dame Helen Mirren is celebrating after landing a Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Tv Movie Golden Globe nod for Tv movie Phil Spector on Thursday morning (12Dec13).


2nd December 2013

Fact: Dame Helen Mirren is giving up her winter coat to help keep Britain's elderly warm this winter. The British actress is a longtime supporter of Age U.K.'s Spread The Warmth campaign and she has donated a coat which will be auctioned off by the charity to raise funds to help the elderly in the cold weather.


10th October 2013

Quote: "Helen Mirren, because she's awesome! She's a great actress and super sexy. I've met her a few times, and she happens to be lovely." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe would love to have an onscreen fling with the veteran British actress.


22nd July 2013

Quote: "Me Helen as Victoria, I just kept saying I don't want to kill anyone. I just want to save all of them. Just make it clear, I'm not actually killing anyone." Dame Helen Mirren was uncomfortable with assassinating people in her new movie Red 2, despite playing a hit man.


17th July 2013

Quote: "The thing about movie stars... is they look perfectly ordinary when you look at them - except Brad Pitt and you're all, 'Oh my God, it's Brad Pitt'... - but if you get to touch them, they feel completely different, because their clothes are made of such incredible fabric. An ordinary jacket, you touch and you realise it's the most expensive cashmere you've ever touched in your life." Helen Mirren loves to touch Hollywood stars.


16th July 2013

Quote: "Helen is a boy's girl. She's smart, she is bawdy, she is sexy, he is refined and obviously talented, but she's the original boy's girl. Helen is who she is; she is the age she is. I wish more women did that." Actor John Malkovich is a big fan of his sexy Red and Red 2 co-star Helen Mirren.


5th July 2013

Quote: "Don't be up your own bum. People get up their own (bum), and you really don't need to. It's the thing of the young, and just don't do that." Helen Mirren offers Hollywood young actresses some sage advice.


5th July 2013

Quote: "Like all foreigners, I still think of myself as a newcomer, so to find myself amongst the history of Hollywood... is just so thrilling. I'll have to go back and lurk. I'll be out there with my little mop every day polishing it up." Helen Mirren on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, which she unveiled earlier this year (13).


5th July 2013

Quote: "I try to work hard and try to be easy to work with. Honestly, that helps because directors and producers talk to each other. They say, 'Yes, she'll work hard...' Come in, do the work, deliver and don't panic." Helen Mirren on what makes her such an in-demand actress.


3rd July 2013

Quote: "I do think it's well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all." Dame Helen Mirren offers her unlikely thoughts on who should take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith once he steps down from the cult British sci-fi series at the end of the year (13).


4th June 2013

Fact: Garden gnomes decorated by stars including Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith for this year's (13) Chelsea Flower Show in London have raised $43,000 (£28,000) for charity. Sir Elton John's gnome was the star attraction - it sold for $7,900 (£5,100).


5th March 2013

Quote: "Basically I watch the documentaries that the rest of us have watched, but I watch them in a particular kind of way, seeing little moments." Dame Helen Mirren viewed shows about Queen Elizabeth II to pick up her mannerisms before portraying the British monarch in new London play The Audience. The actress has previously played the monarch in 2006 film The Queen.


11th February 2013

Fact: Dame Helen Mirren has joined the cast of Monsters Inc. prequel Monsters University - she'll voice the character of the dragon headmistress of the titular organisation.


10th February 2013

Fact: Dame Helen Mirren stunned the crowds at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Sunday night (10Feb13) when she showed off a new short pink hair style. The Oscar winner told reporters, “I saw it on America’s Next Top Model, so I decided to have a go."


4th February 2013

Quote: "Whenever they went, 'What? No children? Well, you'd better get on with it, old girl,' I'd say, 'No! F*** off!'" Dame Helen Mirren admits she was blunt when men asked her why she hadn't started a family.


1st February 2013

Quote: "It was incredible, absolutely real and I would completely forget it was Tony in there. At the end of the day when he took off his face and there would be Anthony Hopkins, I was like, 'What the hell are you doing here? You're in this movie? Really?' Tony became a stranger to me and I really only knew him as Hitch." Dame Helen Mirren was impressed with Sir Anthony Hopkins' transformation into Alfred Hitchcock for their new movie Hitchcock.


4th January 2013

Quote: "I'd be completely horrified if Taylor gave me a Valentine's card! That's not our sort of relationship at all - we would pour cold water on that sort of thing. We even forget to get each other birthday presents - I'm always thinking the day before, 'Oh, I must get Taylor something for his birthday.' Without being corny, we try simply to be considerate to each other every day rather than lavishing each other with gifts." Dame Helen Mirren isn't romantic with her husband Taylor Hackford.


19th November 2012

Quote: "I love the ones where there's a task... like Project Runway; I'm absolutely fixed on Project Runway, I love that, and there's a new one that's just been a huge success in England, called The Great British Bake-Off and there it combines reality show with desserts, so it's like the perfect combination." Helen Mirren on her favourite reality Tv shows.


18th November 2012

Quote: "I make my own clothes... I love sewing. I make terrible clothes; they're all awful and I could never wear them but I just love the act of making them. I've made men's shirts... I used to make shirts for all my boyfriends until I got married, and I thought I'd better stop making shirts for men." Actress Helen Mirren on her handy hobby.


27th February 2012

Fact: Brad Pitt, Dame Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand were among the stars who taped their recollections of their first movie experiences for a segment of the Oscars telecast on Sunday (26Feb12).


10th October 2011

Quote: "I said, 'Thank you so much,' and sat down. But I was mortified, actually mortified. He hadn't (recognised me). He just turned his back on me and ignored me." Dame Helen Mirren felt sensitive about her age when a young man gave up his seat for her on a bus.


30th September 2011

Quote: "She's a Dame and, like, amazing. I was a little intimidated hanging out with her. There were moments where I was telling myself, 'Okay, speak up. Don't be too shy.' But she has a wonderful air about her." Actress Jessica Chastain was starstruck by her The Debt co-star Dame Helen Mirren.


26th September 2011

Quote: "I'm not saying it glamorises him, but you can't avoid the sort of, not the spectacular... the fascination of that kind of personality. You can't avoid the eccentricity of it, the extremeness of it, you can't avoid that." Dame Helen Mirren on her new TV movie about Phil Spector's lengthy murder trial. The actress plays Spector's attorney, Linda Kenney Baden, in the untitled new film, opposite Al Pacino as the disgraced record producer.


25th September 2011

Quote: "Unfortunately, he does crap movies nowadays. He's a great actor but I don't know why. I don't know what he's doing." Dame Helen Mirren would love to work with Robert De Niro - but only in a decent film.


23rd September 2011

Quote: "I like sexy stuff. I like looking at sexy photos. I loved Madonna's sex book, and I love Gaga. To be honest, I rather like watching pole dancing. Not that I'm gay or anything, I just like the ballet of it." Dame Helen Mirren on her appreciation for all things erotic.


22nd September 2011

Quote: "I hope so, how cool would that be?" Veteran British actress Dame Helen Mirren wants more action roles.


20th August 2011

Quote: "The reality is I'm in a permanent state of guilt about not exercising or not exercising enough if I am exercising, so I'm just like everybody else. I'm not an exercise freak at all." Veteran actress Dame Helen Mirren feels bad about not keeping fit.


19th August 2011

Quote: "He's just so great. Honestly, he's, I think, one of the greatest living actors and to be opposite him and watching him work, it's really, really thrilling." Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren is in awe of Al Pacino, her co-star in the new Phil Spector biopic.


20th July 2011

Quote: "Helen Mirren is stepping into my (Linda Kenny Baden's) Manolos, in the HBO production of Phil Spector! Classy!!" Bette Midler gives Helen Mirren her seal of approval after The Queen star stepped in to replace the veteran singer/actress as Phil Spector's lawyer in a new biopic about the disgraced music mogul.


20th July 2011

Quote: "If I wasn't on camera I'd have had it done years ago. It would be the full-on for me: suck it all up, tie it up, then cut it all off!" Dame Helen Mirren admits she would undergo surgery if she wasn't such a high profile movie star.


15th July 2011

Fact: Dame Helen Mirren has shown her patriotic side after posing in a Union Flag for a saucy new photoshoot. The Queen star appears nude with nothing but the flag to protect her modesty in the Esquire magazine spread.


27th June 2011

Quote: "I do not have a great body. I have a c**p body. Naomi Campbell has a great body. Let's be realistic, here." Dame Helen Mirren is fed up with fans praising her physique.


18th April 2011

Quote: "I'm not saying it wasn't totally idiotic what they did and boys when they're together can be really, really stupid... and they were incredibly stupid." Dame Helen Mirren doesn't condone her pal Russell Brand's controversial calls to actor ANDREW SACHS, which saw the funnyman and British presenter Jonathan Ross leaving offensive messages on the star's answerphone as part of a radio broadcast.


29th March 2011

Quote: "I must tell them I’m not going to play any royal. That’s the one thing I’m not going to do. That was a role I did and it was fine, but you know, I don’t want to do it again, basically." Helen Mirren insists she won't be playing The Queen in a Saturday Night Live skit when she hosts the satirical show for the first time on 9 April (11).


28th February 2011

Fact: Comedian Russell Brand took his mother Barbara as his date to Sunday's (27Feb11) Academy Awards, where he will be presenting an Oscar with his ARTHUR co-star Helen Mirren. The British actor's wife, singer Katy Perry, is currently on tour in Europe.


22nd February 2011

Quote: "I wasn't invited. If I was I would go." DAME Helen Mirren reveals she won't be among the celebrities at April's (11) royal wedding when Prince William marries fiancee Kate Middleton.


22nd February 2011

Quote: "It is one of the most amazing experiences of one's life, there really is nothing like it. You're in the most amazing multi-coloured bubble and then the night after the Oscars the bubble bursts and you're back to reality." DAME Helen Mirren loves attending the Academy Awards.


22nd February 2011

Quote: "If there are any Poirot books he hasn't filmed yet, I'd definitely be interested in appearing alongside him." DAME Helen Mirren is hoping for a role in detective drama Agatha Christie's Poirot on U.K. TV.


17th February 2011

Fact: Actress Maria Bello is close to completing a deal to take on DAME Helen Mirren's famous role as police chief Jane Tennison in a U.S. version of award-winning British cop show PRIME SUSPECT.


10th February 2011

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley will lend their voices to a BBC Radio 4 broadcast of beloved British girls' stories. The Absolutely Fabulous star will read Enid Blyton's The Cheat while Mirren is tackling A Midnight Revel by Angela Brazil.


7th February 2011

Quote: "I wouldn't be a Bond girl, but I wouldn't mind being a villain, I could do that." DAME Helen Mirren dreams of landing a role in the James Bond franchise.


2nd February 2011

Quote: "I think he deserves it, and I think he will get it." DAME Helen Mirren is backing Colin Firth to pick up the Best Actor award at the upcoming Oscars for his role in The King's Speech.


17th January 2011

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren wore a Cartier necklace worth $1.6 million (£1.06 million) to the Golden Globe Awards.


10th December 2010

Quote: "She's hot as hell. I don't remember where I was, but I was somewhere, and somebody brought me a picture of Helen Mirren in a bikini on the beach, and I was like, 'There's no way!' I studied it. I stared at it, flipped it over, upside down, looked through it. I was like, 'Hold it a minute - how is that possible?" Halle Berry is amazed with fellow Oscar winner HELEN MIRREN's physique.


9th December 2010

Quote: "She needs to step off my man!" Pop star Katy Perry jokingly warns THE QUEEN actress Helen Mirren against acting on her crush on her comedian husband Russell Brand.


9th December 2010

Quote: "He's just the best bad boy in the world, I'm very jealous of Katy, I must say." Veteran actress Helen Mirren is fond of Katy Perry's husband Russell Brand, her co-star in upcoming comedy ARTHUR.


8th December 2010

Quote: "It used to be my secret weapon, stripper shoes! I used to wear them to red carpet events when I was nominated for things 'cause they give you an immediate seven inches, because (I'd look like) a midget running around. But now everyone's got them." Actress Helen Mirren has always been fond of wearing killer heels.


8th December 2010

Quote: "I am the proud owner of a pair of Russell's yellow underpants. Slightly soiled I might add." DAME Helen Mirren was given a pair of underpants by her THE TEMPEST co-star Russell Brand.


8th December 2010

Quote: "I kind of don't mind that someone else takes some of the responsibility because it's a lot of work. (He's) a handful. But handfuls are also a lot of fun. There's never a dull moment." Katy Perry doesn't mind her husband Russell Brand's flirty relationship with DAME Helen Mirren.


2nd December 2010

Quote: "I absolutely adore him. He gave me this safety pin (trinket) for my end-of-film prize because I played his nanny in Arthur, and he said, 'It's only a safety pin but it's diamond encrusted!' He's sort of the archetypal bad boy who is the best goodest (sic) boy you could possibly meet." DAME Helen Mirren on her ARTHUR co-star Russell Brand.


17th November 2010

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren is to receive America's prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at a ceremony next month (7Dec10). The honour is bestowed on women who have built a career in entertainment and made a significant contribution to society. Previous winners include Halle Berry, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster and Glenn Close.


20th October 2010

Fact: Bruce Willis played the chivalrous gentleman at the London premiere of his new movie Red on Tuesday night (19Oct10) by helping his co-star DAME Helen Mirren find her diamond earring after the accessory fell off on the red carpet.


4th October 2010

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren appears in the upcoming Christmas campaign for the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus work-out computer game.


1st October 2010

Quote: "Bruce (Willis) was the deciding factor for me doing this movie. I have a little bit of a flame in my heart for Bruce. But it's OK because my husband has a bit of a flame for (fellow Red star) Mary-Louise Parker, so that's all fine." DAME Helen Mirren took a part in upcoming movie RED because of a crush on co-star Bruce Willis.


27th September 2010

Quote: "It's become completely mainstream, which is unacceptable to me." Helen Mirren regrets having a Native American symbol tattooed onto her hand.


25th September 2010

Quote: "I love being British; I'm very proud of my country and my culture, but I don't like to be what Americans think of as British. I feel very uncomfortable with that sort of cliche. I'd love to be able to not stick out like a sore pinky." THE QUEEN star Helen Mirren wants to be more American.


7th September 2010

Quote: "It's cool we've seen her breasts. I mean, they're as fabulous as her acting." Patricia Clarkson is a big fan of Helen Mirren's assets.


19th August 2010

Quote: "I met her quite a while back and I've admiRed her greatly. She's one of the sexiest women ever." Morgan Freeman on RED co-star DAME Helen Mirren.


8th July 2010

Quote: "That woman is drop-dead sexy. She's not trying to turn back the hands of time, she is just taking care of herself." Hollywood star Cameron Diaz admires veteran actress DAME Helen Mirren, 64, for embracing her sexuality.


5th July 2010

Quote: "It always seems so weird to those outside of our business but, in a rehearsal situation, I can walk into a room, have a script and be kissing someone I've just met a couple of minutes before. It's what you do. You remove yourself. People just mix up real life with what you do on screen, but it's completely different." British actress DAME Helen Mirren is blase when it comes to getting intimate with co-stars.


1st July 2010

Quote: "Helen doesn't put tops back on bottles - how many times do I have to tell her?" DAME Helen Mirren's husband Taylor Hackford on his pet hate.


30th June 2010

Quote: "The human race is hypocritical. Sex will always be with us. Prostitution will always be with us. Hookers, w**res, prostitutes, whatever you may call them, are some of the most ignobled people in the world." DAME Helen Mirren on her sympathy for sex workers. The actress plays a madam in new movie LOVE RANCH.


30th June 2010

Quote: "You know, Russell, you should be so lucky - I'm never going to be giving you a bath!." Oscar-winning actress DAME Helen Mirren rejects comedian Russell Brand's fantasy of being bathed by The Queen star.


26th June 2010

Quote: "We did loads of other shots. What did they use - two pictures from the bath." DAME Helen Mirren on her topless bathroom photospread in the new New York magazine.


25th June 2010

Fact: Helen Mirren has stripped off for as photoshoot with New York Magazine. The 64-year-old is pictured topless, sitting in a bath tub.


24th June 2010

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich have teamed up to play retiRed special agents in action comedy RED.


22nd June 2010

Quote: “Girls who work in the sex industry, they put themselves out of their bodies. An actor does sort of the opposite. People say ‘Oh, you play someone else.’ I’m always playing myself. You can only do it by going into yourself, in the deepest, most terrifying way. Not to say I haven’t ever prostituted myself quite often and happily. But in my heart it’s very serious.” DAME Helen Mirren on the intimacy of acting.


21st June 2010

Quote: "I’m still the good girl who wants to be a bad girl. But I’ll never make it as a bad girl… I’m not a prude or a moralist and I never have been, but I’m too fearful, too much of a wimp, really.” Oscar-winning actress DAME Helen Mirren on wanting to be known for bad girl behaviour at the age of 65.


8th June 2010

Quote: "What I want to happen is for her to give me a bath... and then when I'm in the bath, it just gets a bit confusing. It starts off with a wash and then there's eye contact... I well would." Russell Brand dreams of a little saucy bathtime fun with his ARTHUR star DAME Helen Mirren.


15th May 2010

Quote: "I was there for hours, just soaking up the atmosphere. Luckily, I don't think customers recognised me. It's very dark in those places." Helen Mirren on researching her new role as a brothel madam at Nevada's Mustang Ranch.


11th May 2010

Fact: Oscar winner Helen Mirren is the latest celebrity to be honoured by Madame Tussauds - a waxwork of THE QUEEN star was unveiled in London on Tuesday (11May10). The actress attended the unveiling ceremony with her husband, Taylor Hackford.


22nd March 2010

Fact: Girls Aloud star CHERYL COLE has been voted the most inspirational woman of the last decade. The British Fight For This Love hitmaker topped a poll by the GoodSurgeonGuide website, beating DAME Helen Mirren into second place and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey into third. Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston is fourth, while British model-turned-TV presenter KATIE PIPER rounds out the top five.


15th February 2010

Quote: "Actors are rogues and vagabonds - or they ought to be. I can't stand it when they behave like solicitors." DAME Helen Mirren likes to keep her work fun.


15th February 2010

Quote: "I love Lady Gaga and the performance of sexuality. The mysterious, the artistic and the slightly perverse. I'm interested in all that." Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren is a fan of the quirky POKER FACE singer.


5th February 2010

Quote: "The best thing about my age and stage (in life) is not having to bother too much about things. I bother about how I look but although I bother I don't really care." DAME Helen Mirren loves being 64.


27th January 2010

Quote: "It's the first I've heard of it and I think it would be the first Quentin Tarantino will have heard of it. And I was only with him two days ago!" DAME Helen Mirren laughs off recent reports she's set to star in a medieval action movie directed by the INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS filmmaker.


20th January 2010

Quote: "As you get older naked stuff gets easier. It’s more to do with the role than what men in the audience think. There’s a liberation about it.” DAME Helen Mirren has no qualms about stripping off at 64.


12th January 2010

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren will be immortalised in wax - experts at London's Madame Tussauds are sculpting a $240,000 (£150,000) version of the Oscar-winner to go on show in the summer (10).


6th January 2010

Quote: "It's probably a life's work - a work of art that's gonna take the rest of our lives to finish." DAME Helen Mirren on her newly-acquired run-down Italian castle.


5th January 2010

Quote: "Like the presidents have their libraries, I'm going to build an extension... with lights, and you walk in and you can hear all my acceptance speeches." DAME Helen Mirren jokes about creating a space for all her awards and accolades at her new Italian castle home.


8th December 2009

Quote: "I've learnt a lot of things from boyfriends in my life. I had one boyfriend who loved music - I'm very unmusical myself - so all my information about music comes from him. I had another who loved boxing. He taught me all about it, and now I love it too. I love learning new things." DAME Helen Mirren enjoyed gaining new interests from past loves.


7th December 2009

Quote: "Ideally, I'd have beautiful long legs. I have short, fat legs." DAME Helen Mirren admits her body isn't perfect.


7th December 2009

Quote: "I used to have them out but now I have put them away. I won Best Actress at the Rio Film Festival which doesn't exist any more so it's probably a collector's item. Now I have put them in the attic to be discovered after I'm gone." DAME Helen Mirren refuses to display her many awards.


13th October 2009

Fact: Stars including DAME Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter and Geri Halliwell have donated dresses for a charity auction. The pieces will go on display in a shopping centre in Surrey, England before they are sold on internet auction site eBay in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients.


11th October 2009

Quote: "I read the script backwards. If my character is still there on the last page that's a good sign. If the part disappears then I don't bother to read it from the front. I just send it back." DAME Helen Mirren has an unusual method of picking her movie roles.


28th July 2009

Quote: "We spend months apart and I think that helps. We have a horrendous row within days of being reunited because it's annoying to have someone else telling you what to do and then we get over that and we are really happy." DAME Helen Mirren enjoys her own space from her director husband Taylor Hackford.


9th June 2009

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren's performance in the National Theatre of London’s production of PHEDRE will be aired live at Hollywood landmark the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre on 25 June (09).


27th April 2009

Quote: "She's extremely talented. She's got the most wonderful singing voice. I'm very jealous of her." Veteran actress DAME Helen Mirren is envious of 16-year-old HANNAH MONTANA star Miley Cyrus.


22nd April 2009

Quote: "Obviously I wanted the film to happen, that's the most important thing. When Brad fell out it became a question mark, and luckily Russell came and saved us all." DAME Helen Mirren feared for new movie STATE OF PLAY when Brad Pitt dropped out - but Russell Crowe saved the day by stepping into the role.


22nd April 2009

Quote: "I think a lot of people secretly want to boss Russell Crowe around." DAME Helen Mirren loved playing the actor's newspaper editor in STATE OF PLAY.


18th March 2009

Quote: "I'm quite a solitary person. I do my job and what I have to do - lots of meeting and greeting. But it doesn't come naturally." Actress Helen Mirren finds it difficult to make friends.


4th February 2009

Fact: Babyshambles rocker Pete Doherty is to give a talk to students at the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland on Friday (04Feb09). He will follow in the footsteps of past speakers, including Oscar Wilde, DRACULA author BRAM STOKER and actress Helen Mirren.


30th January 2009

Quote: "I'm doing sit-ups every day so that I could maybe look like Helen Mirren in a bikini." Renee Zellweger is aspiring to emulate the 63-year-old star's figure in later life.


12th December 2008

Quote: "I don't behave like a queen (but) people do and they think they have to be respectful, and they don't." DAME Helen Mirren on her regal status after playing THE QUEEN.


10th December 2008

Quote: "I'm going to pay that photographer lots of money not to print the other pictures he took of me." DAME Helen Mirren on the snapper who took the flattering shots of her in a red bikini earlier this year (08).


9th December 2008

Quote: "She's gorgeous - although I do wish she would smile a little more." DAME Helen Mirren on Victoria Beckham.


8th December 2008

Quote: "I am not too keen on my nose, I don't like my knees, I hate my ankles, I am unsure about my behind, I don't like my legs at all. I am not too sure about my chin, my forehead is a bit dodgy. But, overall, I can live with it." Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren on her body hang ups.


17th November 2008

Quote: "In my heart of hearts I love women more than men. I mean sexuality aside - I'm heterosexual." DAME Helen Mirren is totally straight.


17th November 2008

Quote: "I always cry at peculiar times. Spelling bees make me cry. Marching bands with drums. I'm in bits. The Olympics made me cry. Isn't that strange?" DAME Helen Mirren gets weepy at odd moments.


3rd November 2008

Quote: "We haven't worked together in a really long time and I think that's why we're still married." DAME Helen Mirren reveals her secret to a lasting marriage with American film director Taylor Hackford. The couple has been married for 11 years.


9th October 2008

Quote: "I heard Russell (Brand) fancies me. I fancy him too. I mean who can resist a man that looks so good in tight trousers. He is absolutely lovely." DAME Helen Mirren responds to comic Russell Brand's confession that he has a crush on her.


18th September 2008

Quote: "I've always had big tits and blonde hair. And... it can be a terrible disadvantage. Because you're not allowed to be intelligent if you're a woman with big tits and blonde hair. And if you are, it offends people. Intelligence does not fit into that package, and you are patronised, condescended and insulted." Actress Helen Mirren on the downfalls of being a busty blonde.


1st September 2008

Quote: "I might have a certain appeal in some way or another, and maybe part of that is sexual, but I am not beautiful." DAME Helen Mirren doesn't understand her allure.


23rd July 2008

Quote: "It doesn't mean anything; I don't think about it. It takes me by surprise when people call me it - I completely forget." Actress DAME Helen Mirren is surprised when people call her by her royal title.


21st July 2008

Quote: "She let everybody stand out in the parking lot with her Oscar. The drivers were out there getting their pictures taken with her award and she just said, 'Oh, just put it back when you're done.'" Brendan Fraser on working with his The Mummy: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR co-star and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren.


3rd June 2008

Quote: "I play a madam of a brothel in Nevada in the 70s. Joe Pesci plays my husband. Can you imagine me and Joe Pesci married? The mind boggles." DAME Helen Mirren on her latest movie role.


4th April 2008

Quote: "I took his first photo." DAME Helen Mirren boasts about kickstarting ex-boyfriend Liam Neeson's acting career by taking his first headshots.


3rd April 2008

Quote: "It works, you know, bathing in milk - your skin feels fantastic." DAME Helen Mirren on her saucy milk bath portrait, which features in her new autobiography IN THE FRAME: MY LIFE IN WORDS + PICTURES. The photo, which shows the Oscar winner partially submerged in a bath, was taken in the 1970s by her ex, JAMES WEDGE.


1st April 2008

Quote: "I couldn't get my head around how to write it. So I thought it might be fun to write an autobiography as a collection of short stories, so each piece worked separately. Around each picture, I could write its own little story." DAME Helen Mirren documents her life in new book IN THE FRAME: MY LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES.


25th March 2008

Fact: Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne has been voted the ultimate plastic surgery success. The 55-year-old, who has undergone a variety of cosmetic procedures, came top in a poll by TV channel FX who named the star as the Queen of Nip/Tuck. Prime Suspect actress Helen Mirren, 62 - who is rumoured to have had a subtle facelift - was second.


17th March 2008

Quote: "Being a sexual object is mortifying and irritating... and when it starts falling away, it's an incredible relief."" Helen Mirren is glad she's no longer identified for sexy roles in films like CALIGULA.


16th March 2008

Quote: "Sometimes Americans show a terrible cruelty toward their own people, like what happened post-Katrina, in the wealthiest country in the world - which is extraordinary to me." Oscar winner and New Orleans, Louisiana resident Helen Mirren on her disbelief about America's response to the 2005 hurricane devastation in the city and the state.


16th March 2008

Quote: "I'm not permanently positive; I'm not some ghastly cheerful person." Helen Mirren on her bouts of mild depression.


22nd February 2008

Quote: "(He was) one of the most beautiful young men with whom I have ever worked. I sat looking at him while we were filming the nude scenes, thinking, 'How gorgeous.' And I admit I sat looking at me thinking, 'How old and ugly.'" DAME Helen Mirren was in awe of co-star Olivier Martinez's good looks during filming for the 2003 American TV production of THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS STONE.


9th January 2008

Quote: "Being sexy is nothing I am trying to be, believe me. Because sexuality does not define humanity. There are many other ways of being alive, and that's what's sexy, isn't it?" DAME Helen Mirren insists she doesn't actively pursue a sex-symbol image.


29th December 2007

Quote: "It didn't do Helen Mirren and Judi Dench any harm." Oscar winner Glenn Close snubbed advice by movie moguls that TV would kill her film career when accepting a role in hit show DAMAGES.


12th December 2007

Quote: "I can't go on being royal, can I? Have to have a little sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll in my acting life!" DAME Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN, explains why she decided to star in new action sequel National Treasure: BOOK OF SECRETS.


10th December 2007

Quote: "I do hope that she asks me again... Of course, I suppose that I could always ask her round to my place at some point? Is that done?" THE QUEEN actress DAME Helen Mirren regrets turning down an invitation to dinner with British monarch, QUEEN ELIZABETH II.


6th December 2007

Fact: British actor Hugh Grant was joined by DAME Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Zoe Wanamaker at a fundraising gala on Wednesday night (05Dec07) to save East London's 150-year-old music hall, Wilton's. The event was held to help raise the $8.6 million (GBP4.3 million) needed to prevent the building from being demolished.


22nd October 2007

Fact: Oscar winner Helen Mirren is to play real life brothel Madam GRACE BONTEMPO in new biopic LOVE RANCH. Joe Pesci will play her husband in the film.


25th August 2007

Fact: Oscar winner Helen Mirren once worked in a department store, where she helped customers pick out and fit lingerie.


7th June 2007

Quote: "If you're a short arse like me on the carpet and Nicole Kidman comes wafting by and she's way up there, you've got no option." DAME Helen Mirren on her decision to wear sky-high plastic platforms to the Emmys.


14th May 2007

Quote: "She's so sexy and human. Or maybe that's just Helen Mirren. I find her (Helen Mirren) sexy even in The Queen. Anyone who can handle a Range Rover like that knows what they're doing." British actress DAME HELEN MIRREN has conquered ZODIAC director David Fincher's heart.


22nd April 2007

Quote: "I did like THE QUEEN. I actually sent Helen Mirren a fan letter." SIR Anthony Hopkins gives the Oscar-winner his seal of approval.


20th March 2007

Fact: Oscar winner DAME Helen Mirren refuses to leave home without a quirky gift from the producers of hit film THE QUEEN - a bracelet with the inscription 'Ladies + Gentlemen. I give you The Queen.' The words were Mirren's Oscar night salute to the British monarch she portrayed in the film.


27th February 2007

Quote: "It was all made for me so I didn't have to have any underwear... It held me like two angels hands... I cried when I put it on, it's a work of art." DAME Helen Mirren still can't stop talking about the CHRISTIAN LACROIX gown she wore to the Oscars on Sunday (25FEB07).


26th February 2007

Quote: "I really do feel like a queen or fairy princess or fairy godmother, really. I love it." Oscar winner DAME Helen Mirren is a big fan of the CHRISTIAN LACROIX gown she wore to the Oscars yesterday (25FEB07).


26th February 2007

Quote: "I told them not to bother with flesh-coloured g-strings, or things over their nipples, or any of that paraphernalia, but just to go for it. Also, have a glass of champagne. Or maybe five or six." DAME Helen Mirren gave her Calendar Girls co-stars advice on how to feel comfortable stripping off for the cameras.


26th February 2007

Quote: "I'm wearing the budget for THE QUEEN." Helen Mirren jokes about the pricey designer gown she wore to the Oscars.


26th February 2007

Quote: "I'm representing myself, the film, my country... and my monarch! It's a lot. I just hope I don't make a fool of myself." DAME Helen Mirren feels the pressure on the Oscars red carpet.


26th February 2007

Quote: "I don't feel greedy exactly, but I worry people must be getting fed up with me." DAME Helen Mirren is glad her successful awards season has come to an end.


23rd February 2007

Quote: "I never wear trousers. I have an enormous bottom!" Oscar-nominee DAME Helen Mirren on why she prefers dresses and skirts.


21st February 2007

Fact: British bookmaker William Hill has closed betting on DAME Helen Mirren to win the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday (25FEB07). Mirren's odds to land the statuette sit at 1 to 66.


19th February 2007

Quote: "Do people do that now? I really hadn't noticed." DAME Helen Mirren is bemused fans have taken to bowing on meeting her after playing British monarch Queen Elizabeth II on the silver screen.


19th February 2007

Quote: "I knew I had to work twice as hard as everyone else because I'm American. It was essential not to be too British, too hoity-toity, to avoid sounding like Helen Mirren in THE QUEEN and rough it up a bit instead." Actress Anne Hathaway opted for a less-than-posh British accent for her role as JANE AUSTEN in new movie BECOMING JANE.


31st January 2007

Quote: "I'm very girlie and very vain... I am, I love clothes and everything." Oscar nominee DAME Helen Mirren on her struggle to play frumpy Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN.


24th January 2007

Quote: "The other times I've been nominated, they've always suggested that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel." DAME Helen Mirren insists her Best Actress Oscar nomination is extra special.


24th January 2007

Quote: "We both got nominated, so remember that's a clue for actresses in the future." DAME Helen Mirren insists it's no coincidence she and Penelope Cruz both wore prosthetics bottoms in the movies for which they received Oscar nominations yesterday (23JAN07).


23rd January 2007

Quote: "I'm in frighteningly good company. It was very nice of THE QUEEN (DAME Helen Mirren) to allow me in for a minute." DAME Judi Dench pokes fun at her Oscar chances after being nominated for a Best Actress prize opposite fellow Brit Mirren.


16th January 2007

Quote: "At these functions you can't eat anyway because you're too nervous and excited and insecure; you don't want beans in your teeth." Helen Mirren insisted she wouldn't be dining on the Golden Globes food treats during last night's (15JAN07) ceremony.


16th January 2007

Quote: "At these functions you can't eat anyway because you're too nervous and excited and insecure; you don't want beans in your teeth." Helen Mirren insisted she wouldn't be dining on the Golden Globes food treats during last night's (15JAN07) ceremony.


16th January 2007

Quote: If you can't support Helen Mirren, you can't support anything." Jeremy Irons feels undeserving of his Best Supporting Actor prize at last night's (15JAN07) Golden Globe Awards. The actor picked up the TV honour for his role in ELIZABETH I.


16th January 2007

Quote: If you can't support Helen Mirren, you can't support anything." Jeremy Irons feels undeserving of his Best Supporting Actor prize at last night's (15JAN07) Golden Globe Awards. The actor picked up the TV honour for his role in ELIZABETH I.


9th January 2007

Fact: DAME Helen Mirren, 61, had her palm read in her twenties and was told she would become very successful in her fifties and be "very, very famous".


6th November 2006

Fact: The 61-year-old THE QUEEN star DAME Helen Mirren has been voted the sexiest woman in the world over 60, beating off strong competition from Hollywood beauties including Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Sophia Loren to land the title.


13th October 2006

Quote: "Nobody ever notices she has gorgeous legs. I'm embarrassed to have let her down with my KEVIN KEEGAN (English soccer player) knees." THE QUEEN actress Helen Mirren frets about doing justice to British monarch ELIZABETH II's shapely legs.


3rd October 2006

Quote: "Toughness is my business and the reality is that a lot of people really don't or can't make a living acting." DAME Helen Mirren explains how at 61 she is still at the top of her profession.


29th September 2006

Quote: "Even when she's done up as the QUEEN I'd bang her." British actor Danny Dyer has the hots for DAME Helen Mirren - who has just played British royals QUEEN ELIZABETH I and II in a movie and TV mini series.


12th September 2006

Quote: "She was very keen to show her bosom." Photographer LORD SNOWDON was stunned by how proud DAME Helen Mirren was of her assets when he photographed her in 1995 - when she was 50.


3rd September 2006

Quote: "She's sort of like your parents' sofa that you grew up with as a child. When you were young it was new and you bounced on it. Then it got wine spilled on it, and cigarette burns in it, and it got recovered when it was worn. Then you go back to your childhood home. You'd forgotten all about it, but you look at it and realise it is the most constant and familiar thing in your life." DAME Helen Mirren sums up what Queen Elizabeth II means to the British public at a press conference for new movie THE QUEEN.


17th August 2006

Quote: "They help in ways a director can't. You know, girlie things, hairdos and such. Dottie would wag when she liked Helen Mirren's wig, subtleties like that." Actor Jeremy Irons is pleased his two dogs, DOTTIE and DORA, had fun on the set of recent TV movie ELIZABETH I.


13th August 2006

Quote: "It's fantastic doing both in the same year." Helen Mirren on playing British royals QUEEN ELIZABETH I and Queen Elizabeth II on screen in 2006.


27th July 2006

Quote: "There's a scene in the woods that you will never forget." Oscar winner Cuba Gooding JR insists his al fresco love scene with 61-year-old Helen Mirren in new thriller SHADOWBOXER will stun movie fans.


9th May 2006

Quote: "It's almost a return to feudalism here now. The peasants are sort of kept quiet with celebrity gossip magazines and Big Brother." British actress DAME Helen Mirren on the decline of western society.


14th March 2006

Quote: "I really, really recommend not marrying for 20 years. I still don't quite understand why anyone gets married anyway." PRIME SUSPECT star Helen Mirren's dating advice for young Hollywood actresses. The star ended up marrying RAY director Taylor Hackford in 1997 primarily for "estate-planning purposes". The couple have been together for 20 years.


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