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"Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be."

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE (born Helen Lydia Mironoff on 26 July 1945 in London) is an English actress of Russian descent.

Mirren favors characters that are bold and ballsy, much like her own personality, in ways that some compare to Kate Winslet. This has historically included her not being shy to shuck her clothes (also like Winslet); in 2010's Love Ranch, she became the first major actor to appear nude on film in six different decadesnote .

Mirren is the only actress in history to have portrayed both Queens Elizabeth (Elizabeth I in the miniseries Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II in The Queen and in the play The Audience). She won an Emmy for the former and an Oscar and a Tony Award for the latter. On the subject of awards, she is also the only performer in history to achieve both the American and British "Triple Crown of Acting"note .

Mirren is one of the grandes dames of the English stage, alongside Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Emma Thompson. Like many of her British cohorts, Mirren put in a stint at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She is of Russian descent; her grandfather was a Tsarist aristocrat who was stranded in London after the Bolshevik Revolution. Her birth name is Helen Lydia Mironoff, which her father anglicised to Mirren in the 1950s. While she does not speak Russian, she is fluent in French. Tania Mallet, who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger, was her cousin.

Mirren has been married to American director Taylor Hackford since 1997. She is also noted for her exquisite taste in clothes, especially come awards season.

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