Helen Mirren: “After plastic surgery, Hollywood ladies don’t look younger than their age. They look... Strange"


Helen Mirren is a famous British and Hollywood actress, Oscar winner and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Helen Mirren has played many great roles. But it seems that the actress looked most organically in the images of august persons. Over the years, the actress played the roles of the English queens Charlotte, Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.

There is probably a certain pattern in this, because the blood of aristocrats really flows in Helen’s veins. True, not English, but Russian.

Actress Helen Mirren

Helen was born in July 1945 in a suburb of London. At birth, the actress received the name Elena Vasilyevna Mironova, because the artist’s father Vasily Mironov is Russian. Helen Mirren's grandfather, a staunch monarchist, did not accept the revolution and fled to England. By education he was a military engineer. His wife was the great-granddaughter of Count and Field Marshal Mikhail Fedorovich Kamensky.

The actress’s mother was British and did not have an aristocratic origin. But the woman's father, Helen Mirren's grandfather, was the court butcher of Queen Victoria herself.

Helen Mirren in her youth

After the death of his father, Vasily Mironov decided to stay abroad and assimilate in Great Britain. The man changed his name to Basil Mirren. Daughter Elena also received a new name. Now the girl's name sounded like Helen Mirren.

The parents wanted the girl to become a teacher. But Helen became more and more interested in the theater. The girl participated in school amateur productions. And later, after entering the pedagogical college, she made the final decision to become an artist. The girl transferred to a theater school. And when Mirren turned 18, the girl auditioned and was accepted into the National Youth Theater.

Celebrities named Helen

  1. Elena Bonner – political and public figure, human rights activist, wife of academician A.D. Sakharov
  2. Helena Roerich - famous religious philosopher
  3. Cicciolina (Anna Elena Staller) is a porn star of Hungarian origin.
  4. Elena Rojo - theater and film actress of Mexican origin
  5. Helena Modrzejewska - dramatic actress of Polish origin
  6. Helene Rask – model from Norway
  7. Elin Margrethe Brodin - writer from Norway
  8. Helen Clark - Prime Minister of New Zealand
  9. Helen Mirren (Elena Mironova) - English film actress of Russian origin
  10. Helena Bonham Carter - film actress of English origin
  11. Ellen Page - film actress of Canadian origin
  12. Elaine Paige - English-born singer and actress
  13. Eileen Collins - American-born female astronaut
  14. Eileen Patterson is a Scottish-born illustrator.
  15. Helene Deutsch, Helene Deutsch - American and Austrian psychoanalyst
  16. Elna Kimmestad - actress from Norway
  17. Elina Hirvonen – Finnish journalist, writer, documentary director
  18. Helena Christensen - supermodel from Denmark

Helen's Angel Day

: The name Helen celebrates name days several times a year:

  • 28 January
  • March 19
  • June 3 and 8
  • July 24
  • 10th of August
  • November 12

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For the first 2 years, Helen Mirren was trusted only with small roles in the theater. But soon the girl shone in the image of Cleopatra on the stage of the Old Vic. Here the actress was noticed by agents and invited to the Royal Shakespeare Theater. On this stage, the star played more than one leading role: in the plays “The Avenger's Tragedy”, “Richard III”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Hamlet” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona”.

Helen Mirren in the movie "Caligula"

Popularity came to the actress only after appearing on screen.

The cinematic biography of Helen Mirren is a little over 40 films. The artist felt her first success after the release of the epic drama “Caligula” by Tinto Brass. The film turned out to be at the peak of popularity, both due to its high-quality anti-totalitarian plot and due to the scandals that unfolded around the film.

The film was sponsored by the erotic entertainment magazine Penthouse, so the sex scenes and scenes of cruelty in this film were uncensored and naturalistic, and there were many such scenes, because the film took place during the era of the unprecedentedly cruel and even sadistic reign of Emperor Caligula.

Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George

Moral activists called the film disgusting trash, and screenwriter Gore Vidal even removed his own name from the credits, but this only fueled the film’s popularity. Helen Mirren played the role of Empress Caesonia here, which began her series of aristocratic roles.

Then came another popular film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, directed by Peter Greenaway, which caused a lot of controversy and shocked the Puritan public.

Mirren received her next noble role in the adventure fantasy “Excalibur”, the actress got the role of Morgana.

Helen Mirren in the TV series Prime Suspect

In 1984, Helen Mirren received the first prestigious award in her career - the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The prize was awarded to the actress for her brilliantly performed role in the drama “The Diary of a Terrorist.”

The films “Cal”, “Gosford Park”, “The Madness of King George” and “Prime Suspect”, in which Mirren got star roles, received the highest praise from viewers and film critics. The actress also did not refuse to star in television projects. In 1991, the actress received the main role of a police inspector, and as the plot developed, senior police officer Jane Tennison in the detective series Prime Suspect. The actress played the role of a female officer working in a male team until 2006.

Helen Mirren in the movie "The Queen"

And in 2006, Helen Mirren found herself at the peak of cinema Olympus: the actress was awarded an Oscar for her talented impersonation of Elizabeth II in the historical film “The Queen.” In addition, the film also won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. Helen Mirren portrayed the Queen during a difficult period in her life: during the mourning for her daughter, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident. This deep dramatic image was appreciated by the jury of prestigious awards.

It is noteworthy that the range of roles played by Helen Mirren is very wide: the star is organic in deeply dramatic images, but easily transforms into women with low moral standards. Her queens are as good as prostitutes. At one time, Helen easily agreed to explicit scenes and more than once appeared naked in front of the audience.

In the spring of 2010, fans of the star saw the figure of their favorite at Madame Tussauds. Mirren personally attended the ceremony.

In 2013, the actress’s outstanding talent was appreciated on both sides of the ocean. In January, Helen Mirren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in April of the same year, she received the Laurence Olivier Award, Britain's most prestigious theater award.

In 2014, the actress played the main role in the melodrama “Spices and Passions.” The actress's heroine, the owner of the elite restaurant "Weeping Willow", marked with a star in the elite Michelin catalogue, fit the role of a classic melodrama villain: a strict widow who, on principle, prevents the protagonist's Indian restaurant from opening next door.

But thanks to the original plot and the talent of the actress, Madame Mallory turned out to be a multifaceted heroine who not only plots intrigues for the heroes, but also makes fair and often noble decisions.

Helen Mirren in the movie "The All Seeing Eye"

The actress's next role was in a heavy drama telling about the struggle of the heiress of a Jewish family, repressed during World War II, in the biographical film "Woman in Gold." Maria Altman, played by Helen Mirren, is trying to at least partially restore justice and return the paintings stolen from her family. This role required special sensitivity from the actress, because Maria Altman is a real person.

The role in which the actress appeared in 2020 amazed fans of Mirren’s talent. Recently, viewers have become accustomed to regularly seeing a woman, if not in an aristocratic role, then in the form of a beautiful lady. In the military drama “The All Seeing Eye,” the actress played the role of British Armed Forces Colonel Catherine Powell, who leads a secret operation to capture a terrorist group.

Personal life

There were many novels in the life of the famous actress, but only one of them turned out to be the main thing in her life. Since the 1980s, Helen Mirren's personal life has been connected with Taylor Hackford, the famous American director who directed the film masterpieces The Devil's Advocate, Proof of Life and Ray.

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren's personal life was happy. In 1997, the actress's relationship with Taylor took official form. But this strong marriage never produced children.

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The incomparable Italian actress Sophia Loren became a real sex symbol of the last century. Perhaps it was difficult to find a woman who would not try to copy her image. Now the actress is eighty-four years old, but she is still the embodiment of femininity and grace.

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Helen Mirren now

In 2020, the actress continued to surprise fans. Helen Mirren played the supporting role of Magdalene Shaw in the Hollywood action movie Fast and Furious 8.

In 2020, the actress played the main role in the mystical thriller “Winchester. The House That Ghosts Built." Helen Mirren portrayed the character of Sarah Winchester, the heiress of a famous weapons company, who lives alone in a strange house. The house has seven floors and is distinguished by intricate corridors and unusual architecture. A woman rules this changing house to resist the demons trying to exterminate her family.

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  • 1969 — “Coming of Age”
  • 1973 - “Oh, lucky guy!”
  • 1979 — “Caligula”
  • 1980 – “The Long Good Friday”
  • 1984 — “Diary of a Terrorist”
  • 1991-2006 – “Prime Suspect”
  • 1991 – “Where even angels are afraid to appear”
  • 1994 — “The Madness of King George”
  • 2001 - Gosford Park
  • 2006 – “Queen”
  • 2007 – “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”
  • 2015 — “Trumbo”
  • 2015 – “The All-Seeing Eye”
  • 2016 – “Phantom Beauty”
  • 2018 – “Winchester. The House That Ghosts Built"
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