Helen Mirren (Linda Kenney Baden) received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, SAG Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen.” She was also named Best Actress by virtually every critics’ organization from Los Angeles to London.
Mirren’s recent film credits include “Hitchcock,” for which she received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, “The Door,” “The Debt,” “Brighton Rock” and “RED,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe. Mirren can also be seen in the upcoming “RED 2.”
Her film career began with “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in “The Long Good Friday.” Over the next ten years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including “Excalibur,” “Cal,” for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award, “The Mosquito Coast,” “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” and “Where Angels Fear to Tread.” Her other more recent films include “The Tempest,” “Calendar Girls,” “Shadowboxer” and “State of Play.”
Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in “The Madness of King George,” for which she also won Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar® nomination came for “Gosford Park,” a performance that also brought her Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, several critics groups’ awards and dual SAG Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast. In 2010, Mirren earned both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.
On stage, Mirren’s more recent performances include “A Month in the Country” and “Dance of Death,” opposite Sir Ian McKellen, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre in the title role in “Phèdre.” She can currently be seen reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the London stage in “The Audience.”
On TV, Mirren won Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I.” She also starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect,” for which she earned an Emmy® and three BAFTA Awards, later winning an additional Emmy® and earning a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised her role in “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the series. Her other TV credits include “Losing Chase,” “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” for which she won an Emmy®, “Door to Door” and “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” which garnered her Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
Helen Mirren was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.