Biographic by Steve McGarry for November 18, 2012
Biographic Steve McGarry Helen Mirren Dame Helen Mirren was born Helen Lydia Mironoff in London on July 26, 1945, the daughter of a former Russian aristocrat who worked as a London driving test examiner. She learned her acting craft with the National Youth Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and toured Africa and the U.S. with the International Centre for Theater Research, while appearing extensively on the stage in roles as diverse as Kitty in "Charley's Aunt," Nina in "The Seagull," and Lady Macbeth. Early movie credits ranged from Shakespeare adaptations to "the Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu," and from the controversial "Caligula" to the lauded U.K. gangter movie "The Long Good Friday." Her portrayal of police detective Jane Tennison in TV's "Prime Suspect" drama series earned her three consecutive Bafta Awards and two Emmys. Having received Oscar nominations for 1994's "The Madness of Kind George" and 2001's "Gosford Park," she won an Academy Award for 2006's "The Queen," a role that also earned her a Golden Globe. That same year, her portrayal of another British Monarch in "Elizabeth I" brought Goldne Globe and Emmy success. Other recognition includes a Golden Globe for 1996's "Losing Chase" and an Oscar nomination for 2009's "The Last Station." Married since 1997 to movie director Taylor Hackford, her long-time paramour, Mirren's latest role sees her play the wife of the famous director Alfred Hitchcock in "Hitchcock."