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Dame Helen Lydia Mirren (born 26 July 1945), professionally known as Helen Mirren, is an English actor, who is the host of the televised Harry Potter quiz show Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, broadcast on 28 November 2021 on Cartoon Network and TBS.[4][5]

Career

Mirren auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and was accepted at the age of 18. Two years later, she played Cleopatra in the theatre's production of Antony and Cleopatra, a role which Mirren saw as the launch of her career.[7]

Mirren was later invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in several plays based on William Shakespeare's works, including All's Well That Ends Well (1967), Troilus and Cressida (1968), Much Ado About Nothing (1968), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1970) to name a few.[8]

Personal life

Mirren was the daughter of a Russian father, a member of an exiled family of the Russian nobility, whose grandmother was a descendant of a prominent Russian general in the Napoleonic Wars,[9] and an English mother, whose grandfather had been the butcher to Queen Victoria.[10]

In 2011, Mirren shared in the August issue of Esquire that "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."[11]

In March 2013, Mirren was listed by The Guardian as one of the 50 best-dressed over 50.[12]

Mirren was appointed a Dame (DBE) for services to drama in the 2003 Birthday Honours, with investiture taking place at Buckingham Palace.[13]

In 2017, Mirren became a U.S. citizen. She voted her first U.S. election in 2020.[3]

Selective filmography

Stage and TV
Year Work Award Category Result
1983 Antony and Cleopatra Olivier Best Actress in a Revival Nominated
1991 Prime Suspect BAFTA TV Best Actress Won
1992 Prime Suspect 2 BAFTA TV Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
1993 Prime Suspect 3 BAFTA TV Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
1995 A Month in the Country Tony Best Actress in a Play Nominated
Prime Suspect 4 BAFTA TV Best Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Won
1996 Losing Chase Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Won
Prime Suspect 5 BAFTA TV Best Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Won
1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Won
2001 Orpheus Descending Olivier Best Actress Nominated
2002 The Dance of Death Tony Best Actress in a Play Nominated
Door to Door Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
Satellite Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Won
2003 Prime Suspect 6 BAFTA TV Best Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
2004 Mourning Becomes Electra Olivier Best Actress Nominated
2005 Elizabeth I Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Won
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Won
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
2006 Prime Suspect: The Final Act Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Won
2013 The Audience Evening Standard Theatre Best Actress Won
Olivier Best Actress Won
Tony Best Actress in a Play Won
Phil Spector Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
2019 Catherine the Great Golden Globe Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV Nominated
2021 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses N/A
Film
Year Work Award Category Result
1981 Excalibur Saturn Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1984 Cal BAFTA Film Best Actress Nominated
Evening Standard
British Film
Best Actress Won
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Won
1994 The Madness of King George Academy Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Film Best Actress Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Won
2001 Gosford Park Academy Best Supporting Actress Nominated
BAFTA Film Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Satellite Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble Won
2003 Calendar Girls European Film Academy Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Nominated
Satellite Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
2006 The Queen Academy Best Actress Won
BAFTA Film Best Actress Won
BIFA Best Actress Nominated
European Film Academy Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Won
Satellite Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Won
Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress Won
2009 The Last Station Academy Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
2010 The Tempest Satellite Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
RED Saturn Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2012 Hitchcock BAFTA Film Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Saturn Best Actress Nominated
2013 Monsters University N/A
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2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Golden Globe Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Nominated
2015 Eye in the Sky Satellite Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Trumbo Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress – Film Nominated
2017 The Leisure Seeker Golden Globe Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Nominated
The Fate of the Furious N/A
2019 The Good Liar Satellite Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Hobbs & Shaw N/A
2021 F9

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