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Dame '''Helen Lydia Mirren''', DBE, (born 1945) is an AcademyAward-winning English actress.

She is known for, among other things, not being shy to [[MsFanservice shuck her clothes]]. Like Creator/KateWinslet, she favors characters that are bold and ballsy - much like Mirren herself. Her most famous role to date is the Emmy award-winning DCI Jane Tennison in the long-running, critically acclaimed TV series ''Series/PrimeSuspect''.

She is also noted for her exquisite taste in clothes. Everyone forgets this for most of the year, so come awards season the media has a collective asthma attack at how gorgeous her dresses are. Then they do it all again the next year.

She is the only actress in history to have portrayed both Queens Elizabeth - [[TheVirginQueen Elizabeth I]] in the miniseries ''Elizabeth I'' and [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]] in ''Film/TheQueen''. She won an Emmy for the former and an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for the latter, surprising absolutely nobody.

She is one of the grandes dames of the English stage, alongside JudiDench and Creator/EmmaThompson. Like many of her British cohorts, Mirren put in a stint at the RoyalShakespeareCompany.

She is of Russian descent, as her grandfather was a Tsarist aristocrat who was stranded in London after the Bolshevik Revolution. Her birth name is Illiana Lydia Petrovna Mironova, which she Anglicised to Helen Mirren. While she does not speak Russian, she is fluent in French.

She is perhaps the greatest example of GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave known to man (although ironically she's never had any kids and has, by her own admission, no maternal instincts whatsoever). In 2010's ''Love Ranch'', she became the first major actress to appear nude on film in six different decades (and did a nude-in-the-bathtub photo shoot in ''New Yorker'' magazine alongside the film. At age ''65''!).

Has been married to American director Taylor Hackford since 1997.

!!Her more important films include:
* ''Caligula'' (1979)
* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' (1981)
* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' (1984)
* ''TheCookTheThiefHisWifeAndHerLover'' (1989)
* ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge'' (1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' (voice) (1998)
* ''TeachingMrsTingle'' (1999)
* ''GosfordPark'' (2001)
* ''Calendar Girls'' (2003)
* ''[[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' (voice) (2004)
* ''Film/TheQueen'' (2006)
* ''[[Film/NationalTreasure National Treasure: Book of Secrets]]'' (2007)
* ''Film/StateOfPlay'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Red}}'' (2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' (2010) (voice)
* ''Film/TheDebt'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Red}}'' 2 (2013)

!!Tropes associated with Helen Mirren:
* AwesomeDearBoy: She loved working on ''Film/{{Red}}'' so much, thanks to the action-heavy role they gave her, that she's said "I'm there!" to any planned sequel (and indeed she did return for ''Red 2'').
* CoolOldLady: At 67, she recently decided, on a whim, to dye her hair ''[[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/helen-mirren-pink-hair-bafta-awards_n_2662615.html pink,]]'' after seeing a contestant on ''America's Next Top Model'' with it.
* DirtyOldWoman: And she's awesome at it. Listen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiASu0ujqbM to the quick little dirty joke she said here.]]
* GenderFlip: In ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' (2011) and ''Theatre/TheTempest'' (2010). Remarkably and coincidentally both roles were previously played by the same man, John Gielgud. Also remarkably and coincidentally, both films costar Creator/RussellBrand.
* NonSingingVoice: In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', suggesting that there are some things even ''she'' won't do in movies.
* OldShame: Averted - seemingly born with none. She isn't even ashamed of ''Caligula''.
* SilverFox: She just doesn't look right when her hair ISN'T silver colored...
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