Helen Lydia Mironoff, known by her stage name Helen Mirren, born July 26, 1945, is a 69-year-old English actress. She has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards.

On Glee, she appeared as the inner voice of Becky Jackson. She was heard in Yes/No and Prom-asaurus, the tenth and nineteenth episode of Season Three respectively.

Personal Life

Mirren was born in London, Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, London.

She married American director Taylor Hackford (her partner since 1986) on December 31, 1997, his 53rd birthday. The ceremony took place at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. 

In 1990, Mirren stated in an interview that she is an atheist. In the August 2011 issue of Esquire magazine, Mirren said, "I am quite spiritual. I believed in fairies when I was a child. I still do sort of believe in the fairies. And the leprechauns. But I don't believe in God."


She has appeared in theater, film, and television series. After a slew of lead roles on the London stage, her first big TV break happened in 1992 when she was cast as Detective Jane Tennison in the series, Prime Suspect. Perhaps her greatest role was that of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2007 film, The Queen.


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Press for Time Penelope Squires uncredited
1967 Herostratus Advert Woman
The Extravaganza of Golgotha Smuts TV Movie
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia
1969 Age of Consent Cora Ryan
1970 Red Hot Shot
1971 Cousin Bette Valerie (5 episodes)
ITV Sunday Night Theatre Rachel ("The Silver Collection")
1972 Miss Julie Miss Julie TV Movie
Savage Messiah Gosh Boyle
1973 O Lucky Man! Patricia
1974 Bellamira Bellamira TV Movie
Thriller Stella McKenzie ("A Coffin for the Bride")
Play of the Month Margery Pinchwife/Babbie/Orinthia 1974 - 77 (4 episodes)
1975 The Philanthropist Celia TV Movie
Caesar and Claretta Claretta Petacci TV Movie
1976 Hamlet Ophelia/Gertrude
Great Performances Stella ("The Collection")
1978 As You Like It Rosalind TV Movie
1979 The Quiz Kid Joanne
S.O.S. Titanic Stewardess: May Sloan TV Movie
Caligula Caesonia
Oresteia Cassandra ("Agamemnon")
ITV Playhouse Joanne ("The Quiz Kid")
Play for Today Celia/Angela 1979 - 82 ("Blue Remembered Hills" & "Soft Targets")
1980 The Long Good Friday Victoria
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Alice Rage
Hussy Beaty Simons
1981 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania TV Movie
BBC2 Playhouse Mrs. Reinhardt ("Mrs. Reinhardt")
Excalibur Morgana
1982 Cymbeline Imogen TV Movie
1984 2010 Tanya Kirbuk
Cal Marcella
1985 Coming Through Frieda von Richtofen Weekley TV Movie
The Twilight Zone Betty Duncan (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
White Nights Galina Ivanova
1986 The Mosquito Coast Mother Fox
The Gospel According to Vic Ruth Chancellor
1987 Cause célèbre Alma Rattenbury TV Movie
Faerie Tale Theatre Princess Amelia ("The Little Mermaid")
1988 Pascali's Island Lydia Neuman
1989 Red King, White Knight Anna TV Movie
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover Georgina
When the Whales Came Clemmie Jenkins
1990 Bethune: The Making of a Hero Frances Penny Bethune
The Comfort of Strangers Caroline
1991 Where Angels Fear to Tread Lilia Herriton
Prime Suspect DCI Jane Tennison ("Episode #1.1" & "Episode #1.2")
1992 Prime Suspect 2 DCI Jane Tennison ("Episode #1.1" & "Episode #1.2")
1993 Prime Suspect 3 DCI Jane Tennison
The Hawk Annie Marsh
The Hidden Room Sarah ("Love Crimes")
1994 The Madness of King George Queen Charlotte
Royal Deceit Geruth
1995 The Snow Queen Snow Queen voice
Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness Supt. Jane Tennison TV Movie
Prime Suspect: Inner Circles Supt. Jane Tennison TV Movie
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child Supt. Jane Tennison TV Movie
1996 Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement Jane Tennison
Some Mother's Son Kathleen Quigley
Losing Chase Chase Phillips TV Movie
1914-1918 Princess Evelyn Blucher/Margaret Randa voice ("Collapse" & "Total War")
1997 Painted Lady Maggie Sheridan TV Movie
Critical Care Stella
1998 The Prince of Egypt The Queen voice
Tracey Takes On... Professor Horen ("Culture")
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Mrs. Tingle
French and Saunders ("Witless Silence")
The Passion of Ayn Rand Ayn Rand TV Movie
2000 Greenfingers Georgina Woodhouse
2001 Gosford Park Mrs. Wilson
Last Orders Amy
Happy Birthday Distinguished Woman
No Such Thing The Boss
The Pledge Doctor
2002 Georgetown Annabelle Garrison TV Movie
Door to Door Mrs. Porter TV Movie
2003 Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Det. Supt. Jane Tennison
Calendar Girls Chris
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Karen Stone TV Movie
2004 Pride Macheeba TV Movie, voice
Raising Helen Dominique
Frasier Babette the Caller voice ("Coots and Ladders")
American Masters Narrator ("Cary Grant: A Class Apart")
The Clearing Eileen Hayes
2005 Elizabeth I Elizabeth I ("Episode #1.1" & "Episode #1.2")
Shadowboxer Rose
Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Tiberia short
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' ' Deep Thought voice
Third Watch Annie Foster ("Revelations")
2006 Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act Det. Supt. Jane Tennison TV Movie
The Queen The Queen
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Emily Appleton
2008 Inkheart Elinor
2009 The Last Station Sofya
State of Play Cameron Lynne
30 Rock Helen Mirren uncredited ("Jackie Jormp-Jomp")
National Theatre Live Christine Mannon/Queen Elizabeth II/Phèdre ("Phèdre", "The Audience" & "50 Years on Stage")
2010 RED Victoria
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Nyla voice
Brighton Rock Ida
The Tempest Prospera
The Debt Rachel Singer (Tel Aviv 1997)
Love Ranch Grace Bontempo
2011 Arthur Hobson
When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren Sharon video short
2012 Hitchcock Alma Reville
Glee Becky's Inner Voice voice, uncredited ("Yes/No" & "Prom-asaurus")
The Door Emerenc
2013 RED 2 Victoria
Monsters University Dean Hardscrabble voice
Phil Spector Linda Kenney Baden TV Movie
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Madame Mallory
2015 Eye in the Sky (post-production) Colonel Katherine Powell post-production
Trumbo Hedda Hopper post-production
Woman in Gold Maria Altmann completed



The Jonathan Ross Show - Helen Mirren INTERVIEW

The Jonathan Ross Show - Helen Mirren INTERVIEW

Helen Mirren Interview TimesTalks

Helen Mirren Interview TimesTalks

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