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Helen Mirren Biography

Birth Name:
Ilynea Lydia Mironoff
Birth Place:
Chiswick, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Frustrated with her career in her twenties, she visited a hand reader who said the height of her success wouldn't happen for another 20 years
  • He was right
  • Called her Prime Suspect role "the biggest break of my career
  • " Made her directorial debut by helming the "Happy Birthday" segment of the 2001 TV-movie On the Edge
  • In the 2002 TV-movie Door to Door, she played William H
  • Macy's mother even though he's only five years her junior
  • Named Dame of the British Empire in 2003
  • Nominated for three 2007 Golden Globes for her performances in Elizabeth I, The Queen and Prime Suspect: The Final Act
  • She won statuettes for the first two, portraying Queen Elizabeth I and II, respectively
  • Played a brothel madam in Love Ranch, a film directed by husband Taylor Hackford
  • Has served as an ambassador for the human rights organization Oxfam

Awards

  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2006Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Utah Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Actress - Drama: winner
  • 2006San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Women Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006New York Film Critics Online-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006New York Film Critics Society-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006National Board of Review-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006British Independent Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Venice Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2006Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Las Vegas Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best British Actress: winner
  • 2006Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Oklahoma Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2003European Film Awards-European Actress: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2001New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2001National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2001Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1994Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1984Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner

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