Nov 26

8 Things You Might Not Know About Helen Mirren

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 4:59 pm

1. She was actually born Helen Lydia Mironoff

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. Taylor-Hackford
Sorry boys, she’s off the market!

4. She has played multiple screen queens! 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.

5. She once lived with Liam Neeson in the early 80s. Neesons
They had met on-set while filming Excalibur.

6. She’s twice played roles made famous by John Gielgud. Mirren

7. She has starred in an X-Rated movie! Caligula
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.

8. She has probably won at least her own weight in major acting awards: Awards

If you can’t get enough of Dame Helen Mirren, check her out in this week’s latest release, RED 2

3 Responses to “8 Things You Might Not Know About Helen Mirren”

  1. Stephen says:

    How about a list of the films she has appeared tastefully nude or semi-nude in
    from Age of consent, thro Caligula to The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover
    and probably many more

  2. Stephen says:

    And Calendar Girls

  3. blinkbox says:

    Oh, we were very tempted to include that but thought twice about posting the pictures!

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