2. Her grandfather was a diplomat and a Colonel in the Russian Imperial Army
Whilst in Britain negotiating an arms deal in 1917, he found himself stranded when the Russian Revolution broke out. (image via Daily Mail)
3. In 1997 she married American film-maker Taylor Hackford, the director of Ray and An Officer and a Gentleman.
Sorry boys, she’s off the market!
4. She has played multiple screen queens!
Clockwise from top left: Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, Queen Tuya in The Prince of Egypt, Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George.
7. She has starred in an X-Rated movie!
Well, kind of… She played Empress Caesonia in Tinto Brass’ film of Caligula. Co-starring Malcolm McDowell and Peter O’Toole, the project was taken away in editing by producer Bob Guccione (the publisher of Penthouse magazine) who inserted 6-minutes of hard-core sex into the final cut.
If you can’t get enough of Dame Helen Mirren, check her out in this week’s latest release, RED 2