The British actress, one of the most popular of her generation, was born on July 26, 1945, always a versatile talent, has ranged from theater to cinema, through television and through the most disparate genres. Her palmarès can boast an Oscar (and 3 other nominations), 3 Golden Globes, 2 awards for best actress in Cannes, 1 Coppa Volpi in Venice and 4 Bafta. From December 27, she will host the world premiere on Sky and streaming on NOW ‘Harry Potter – the Tournament of Hogwarts Houses’, an epic quiz show in four episodes
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The acting career began for Helen Mirren in the 1960s. The first cinematographic experience is in 1960 with “Violence for a young woman” by Luis Buñuel. She was then admitted, at the age of 18, to the National Youth Theater in London and two years later she got her first leading role, that of Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s “Antonio and Cleopatra”. At the theater Mirren will work assiduously until the mid-seventies, participating in many Shakespearean adaptations even outside Great Britain
Helen Mirren: “I love Checco Zalone. I hope you call me for a movie”
From the end of the 70s the cinema activity intensified. The controversial “Caligola” in erotic shades by Tinto Brass dates back to 1979, where Mirren plays Cesonia
Premi Flaiano, Helen Mirren removes Aldo Baglio’s jacket
In 1980, the British actress joined Peter Sellers in her latest film, “Doctor Fu Manchu’s Diabolical Plot”
The Lifetime Achievement Award to Helen Mirren at the Berlinale 2020. PHOTO
The following year Helen Mirren plays the fairy Morgana in Excalibur, the story of King Arthur by John Boorman
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In 1984 the first recognition arrives: the British actress is awarded as best actress in Cannes with the Irish drama “Cal” by Pat O’Connor, where she plays the Catholic widow of a Protestant policeman who falls in love with a young Catholic involved in the activities terrorists of the IRA and that he had executed the woman’s husband
Also in 1984, in the science fiction film “2010 – The Year of Contact” Helen Mirren plays in Russian as the commander of the Soviet space station
In 1985 it was the turn of Peter Weir’s “Mosquito Coast”, alongside Harrison Ford and the late River Phoenix
The 90s open for Helen Mirren with the thriller “Courtesies for Guests” by Paul Schrader, legendary screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull”, and starring Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson
In 1994 the actress returned to period films with “The madness of King George”: set in 1788, she faces the darkest period of the reign of George II, the sovereign of England struggling with private and political problems. The film earned Helen Mirren her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival
In the 1990s and 2000s, Mirren also worked successfully on TV, and was one of the most popular faces on British television thanks to the crime miniseries “Prime Suspect” (1991-2006), in which she played the character of Jane Tennison. Her interpretations will be worth 3 Bafta and 6 nominationsat the Emmy Awards for Best Actress: she will win one in 2007
In 2001 for Helen Mirren a part in the atypical detective story “The Promise” directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson
The actress is again struggling with a mystery in 2001. It is “Gosford Park”, by Robert Altman, for which she gets her second Oscar nomination as a supporting actress.
The coveted statuette arrives in 2007, with perhaps the most acclaimed film of Helen Mirren’s career: “The Queen”, directed by Stephen Frears, where she plays Queen Elizabeth while managing the critical period of the kingdom following the death of Princess Diana. Mirren wins the Oscar for best actress, the Coppa Volpi in Venice, the Bafta and the European Film Award
Elizabeth II is not the only sovereign played by Helen Mirren during her career. In the same year as “The Queen”, the actress won a Golden Globe for the British miniseries “Elizabeth I”, in which she plays the English queen of the late 1500s
In 2009, another costume film and new Oscar nomination for lead actress with “The Last Station”, with James McAvoy and Christopher Plummer. The film tells the last year of the life of the Russian writer Lev Tolstoy and the struggle between his family for control of his assets
In 2015 Mirren joined Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman in the war thriller “The Right to Kill”. The actress plays Colonel Katherine Powell who has the task of remotely directing a delicate military operation with drones against a terrorist cell in Nairobi and will have to make a very difficult choice.
In 2017 it was the turn of “Ella & John”, Paolo Virzì’s first American film. The film tells the adventure of a wife and husband (Donald Sutherland) in their eighties, who decide to escape the medical treatment that would separate them in the last years of their lives.