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Helen Mirren

Highest Rated:   100% Age of Consent (1969)
Lowest Rated:   12% Love Ranch (2010)
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Birthplace:   Ilford, Essex, England
Perhaps the ultimate thinking man's sex symbol, Helen Mirren is also one of the most respected actresses of British stage, screen, and television. With classical training, years of work on the London stage, an acclaimed television series, and dozens of films to her name, Mirren has proven herself an actress of talent, versatility, and unforgettable presence.Born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff on July 26, 1945, in London, Mirren is a descendant of the White Russian nobility. Her father was a member of an aristocratic Russian military family who came to England during the Russian Revolution, but while Mirren was growing up, he worked in turn as a violinist with the London Philharmonic, a taxi driver, and a driving instructor. His daughter, on the other hand, knew her true calling by the age of six, when she realized she wanted to become an actress, in the "old-fashioned and traditional sense." After trying to please her parents with a stint at a teacher's college, Mirren joined the National Youth Theatre, where she first made her mark playing Cleopatra. The acclaim for her performance led the way to other work, and she was soon a member of the vaunted Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom she performed a wide range of classics. Her stage career thriving, Mirren made her screen debut in 1968 in the somewhat forgettable Herostratus. The same year, she made a more auspicious appearance as Hermia in Peter Hall's lauded adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and her screen career soon took off. She worked steadily throughout the late '60s and '70s, starring in 1969's Age of Consent and working with such directors as Robert Altman on The Long Goodbye (1973) and Lindsay Anderson on O Lucky Man! (also 1973). In 1977, Mirren earned permanent notoriety for her work in Caligula, a mainstream porn offering from the powers at Penthouse that also starred such notables as Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, and Malcolm McDowell.During the subsequent decade, Mirren continued to work on the stage, and she also broadened her cinematic resumé and fan base with such films as Excalibur (1981) and Cal (1984). Her portrayal of an older woman in love with a younger man in the latter film earned her a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and further established her reputation as an actress willing to explore the kind of unconventional relationships often ignored on the screen. The actress' willingness go beyond safe conventionality was demonstrated with her work in such films as The Mosquito Coast (1986), Pascali's Island (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), and The Comfort of Strangers (1991). She again took on the role of an older woman in love with a younger man in Where Angels Fear to Tread in 1991, proving that seven years after Cal, her powers of attraction had been in no way tempered by time.At the beginning of the 1990s, Mirren began appearing on the television series Prime Suspect. Her character, Jane Tennison, a hard-boiled detective, proved immensely popular with viewers and critics alike, and she stayed with the series for its seven incarnations. Mirren also continued to do acclaimed work for the stage and screen, earning a Cannes Best Actress award and Oscar and BAFTA nominations for her work in The Madness of King George in 1994, and making her Broadway debut in Turgenev's A Month in the Country in 1995. The following year, she earned further acclaim for her work in Some Mother's Son, in which she played the mother of a Belfast prison hunger striker. In 1997, Mirren found the time to marry producer/director Taylor Hackford before signing on to provide the voice of the Queen in the Disney animated film The Prince of Egypt (1998). In 1999, she played the titular teacher in Kevin Williamson's disappointing Teaching Mrs. Tingle, earning the only good reviews given the movie, and she again won over critics with her title role in the made-for-television The Passion of Ayn Rand, earning an Emmy for her performance. Back on the b

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Winchester
  • Sarah Winchester
2018
No Score Yet The Leisure Seeker
  • Ella
2018
No Score Yet The Pulitzer at 100
  • Actor
$3.1k 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious
  • Actor
$225.7M 2017
13% Collateral Beauty
  • Brigitte
$31M 2016
95% Eye In The Sky
  • Col. Katherine Powell
$16.7M 2016
73% Trumbo
  • Hedda Hopper
2015
No Score Yet Unity
  • Actor
2015
54% Woman in Gold
  • Maria Altmann
2015
68% The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Madame Mallory
$46.3M 2014
No Score Yet Tcm Presents And The Oscar (R) Goes To...
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: The Audience
  • Actor
2013
43% Red 2
  • Victoria
$53.3M 2013
78% Monsters University
  • Dean Hardscrabble
$260.4M 2013
50% Phil Spector
  • Linda Kenney Baden
2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: The Audience Encore
  • Actor
2013
62% Hitchcock
  • Alma Reville
$6.1M 2012
No Score Yet Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir
  • Actor
2012
44% The Door
  • Emerenc
2012
76% The Debt
  • Rachel Singer
$31.2M 2011
51% Brighton Rock
  • Ida
$0.3M 2011
26% Arthur
  • Hobson
$29.2M 2011
30% The Tempest
  • Prospera
$0.3M 2010
71% Red
  • Victoria
$89M 2010
50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Nyra
$54.5M 2010
12% Love Ranch
  • Grace Bontempo
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Arabia
  • Narrator
2010
71% The Last Station
  • Sofya Tolstoy
$6.5M 2010
No Score Yet Phedre
  • Actor
2009
84% State of Play
  • Cameron Lynne
$37M 2009
38% Inkheart
  • Elinor Loredan
$17.3M 2009
No Score Yet Yes Madam, Sir
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Helen Mirren At The Bbc
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Jazz Baroness
  • Actor
2008
35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Emily Appleton
$220M 2007
97% The Queen
  • The Queen
$56.3M 2006
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act
  • Jane Tennison
2006
18% Shadowboxer
  • Rose
$0.4M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Deep Thought
$51.1M 2005
43% The Clearing
  • Eileen Hayes
$5.6M 2004
No Score Yet Pride
  • Macheeba
2004
23% Raising Helen
  • Dominique
$37.4M 2004
74% Calendar Girls
  • Chris
$31M 2003
No Score Yet Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
  • Karen Stone
2003
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
  • Det. Supt. Jane Tennison
2003
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Mrs. Porter
2002
29% No Such Thing
  • The Boss
2002
79% Last Orders
  • Amy Dodds
$2.2M 2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Mrs. Wilson
$41.3M 2001
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Director
2001
46% Greenfingers
  • Georgina Woodhouse
2001
78% The Pledge
  • Doctor
$18.9M 2001
93% Long Night's Journey into Day
  • Actor
2000
80% The Passion of Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand
1999
19% Teaching Mrs. Tingle
  • Mrs. Tingle
1999
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Queen
1998
No Score Yet Painted Lady
  • Actor
1998
59% Critical Care
  • Stella
1997
50% Comfort of Strangers
  • Caroline
1997
69% Some Mother's Son
  • Kathleen Quigley
1996
No Score Yet The Snow Queen
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Losing Chase
  • Chase Philips
1995
93% The Madness of King George
  • Queen Charlotte
1994
62% Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Lilia Herriton
1994
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland)
  • Geruth
1994
No Score Yet Prime Suspect - The Scent of Darkness
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Prime Suspect - The Lost Child
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Hawk
  • Annie Marsh
1993
No Score Yet Bethune: The Making of a Hero
  • Frances Penny Bethune
1993
No Score Yet Dr. Bethune
  • Actor
1993
60% When the Whales Came
  • Clemmie Jenkins
1989
89% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Georgina Spica
1989
No Score Yet Red King, White Knight
  • Anna
1989
67% Pascali's Island
  • Lydia Neuman
1988
No Score Yet People of the Forest: The Chimps of Gombe
  • Narrator
1988
No Score Yet Cause Célèbre
  • Alma Rattenbury
1987
75% The Mosquito Coast
  • Mother
1986
No Score Yet The Gospel According To Vic (Heavenly Pursuits)
  • Ruth Chancellor
1986
46% White Nights
  • Galina Ivanova
1985
No Score Yet Coming Through
  • Frieda
1985
66% 2010
  • Tanya Kirbuk
1984
91% Cal
  • Marcella
1984
No Score Yet Cymbeline
  • Actor
1982
96% The Long Good Friday
  • Victoria
1982
No Score Yet Priest Of Love
  • Actor
1981
82% Excalibur
  • Morgana
1981
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Alice Rage
1980
No Score Yet Hussy
  • Beaty
1980
No Score Yet S.O.S. Titanic
  • Stewardess: May Sloan
1979
24% Caligula
  • Caesonia
1979
No Score Yet Blue Remembered Hills
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet As You Like It
  • Rosalind
1979
No Score Yet Laurence Olivier Presents
  • Actor
1976
97% The Long Goodbye
  • Actor
1973
82% O Lucky Man!
  • Patricia
1973
63% Savage Messiah
  • Gosh Smith-Boyle
1972
No Score Yet Cousin Bette
  • Actor
1971
100% Age of Consent
  • Cora Ryan
1969
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Hermia
1968
No Score Yet Herostratus
  • Actor
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
94% Documentary Now!
2015
  • Host
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Voice
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2011
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Guest
  • Det. Supt. Jane Tennison Jane Tennison DCI Jane Tennison DSI Jane Tennison
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 1996
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1985

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