Dame Helen Mirren earns 2015 Tony nomination for ‘The Audience’

Academy Award-winning British actress Helen Mirren has earned a nomination in the “Leading Actress in a Play” category at the 2015 Tony Awards for her role in “The Audience.”

The Audience deals with the sixty-year reign of Elizabeth II and the twelve prime ministers throughout her tenure. The play was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry.

Mirren is nominated among such actresses as Geneva Carr for Hand to God, Elisabeth Moss for The Heidi Chronicles, Carey Mulligan for Skylight and Ruth Wilson for Constellations.

She had previously won the Academy Award in 2006 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the feature film The Queen, which was also written by acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan.

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May 11, 2015 by KirstyArticles

Mirren: why I feel guilty about winning my Oscar

Dame Helen Mirren says she feel guilty about winning an Oscar for The Queen, claiming she fears being unmasked as a “fraud” who can’t act very well.

She beat Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench to the best actress Oscar in 2007.

Asked to describe how it feels to win an Academy Award, the actress told Variety: “Part of you is terrified they will call your name because the fear of making a fool of yourself is paramount.

“But then it’s an incredible pleasure, to sort of feel like you haven’t been found out – because as actors we always think we’re going to be discovered as frauds.

“It’s joyous, it’s thrilling and there’s a little bit of guilt. It’s not a race. It’s very clear in a sprint of a marathon who’s best, but you can never say who is best at acting or painting or writing. You’re all just as good.”

Mirren did not cry on the podium, but was moved to tears when she touched down at Heathrow on her way home from the ceremony to a hero’s welcome.

“While waiting at baggage claim, someone spotted me and started applauding. Word started travelling, and soon the whole baggage hall was applauding.

“It was so incredible. Of course, I couldn’t resist – I reached into my bag and got my Oscar and held it up. I cried, I have to say. It was so touching and lovely.”

Dame Helen, 69, also offered some advice to whoever wins this year’s best actress award: don’t take your handbag up on stage, as she did.

The actress was also clutching an earring that she had taken off moments before her name was called, because it was pinching her ear.

She said: “I had no hands left. It was very klutzy of me. These are the things they don’t tell you: what do you do with your purse?”

Dame Helen managed to maintain her dignity during another klutzy moment last week when she tripped on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival.

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February 18, 2015 by KirstyArticles

Dame Helen Mirren makes L’Oreal Paris debut

Dame Helen Mirren has made her debut for L’Oreal Paris in campaign imagery and a video advert released today.

The 69 year old actress was unveiled as the new face of the brand back in October and this is her first outing in her new role.

Speaking in October about the collaboration with L’Oreal Paris she said:

“I am not gorgeous and I never was, but I was always ok-looking and I’m keen to stay that way.

“I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!” she commented.

The ad begins with Mirren waiting at a bus stop where a fellow passenger offers her a seat to which Mirren says:

“Ever feel like you go unnoticed, and when you don’t..well, enough!”

The Age Perfect cream is introduced with Mirren explaining: “It’s the science I trust to help me look like me.”

“Grow another year bolder, look and feel more radiant, our perfect age is now.”

She finishes with the iconic L’Oreal line: “So are we worth it? More than ever.”

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February 16, 2015 by KirstyArticles

Mirren disappointed the Queen never saw her in play

Dame Helen Mirren feels sad to have missed out on the chance to perform her play The Audience for Queen Elizabeth II following news the monarch is set to see the show with another actress in the lead role.

The veteran star, who won an Oscar for royal drama The Queen, reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth II for West End show The Audience in 2013, and she is poised to launch the play on Broadway while another actress, Kristin Scott Thomas, leads the cast in London.

It was recently announced that the Queen is to visit the London show to see Scott Thomas play her on stage, and Mirren admits she is disappointed she never got to share her performance with the woman she portrays.

She tells the New York Times, “I wish the Queen had come to see the play, but it would have been impossible… I think she would have felt proud of herself… When I took my bow at the end, they were not applauding me. They were applauding the Queen.”

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February 13, 2015 by KirstyArticles

Netflix commissions 10-part drama based on The Audience

Netflix has announced a new drama based on Peter Morgan’s The Audience, titled The Crown, which will be the company’s first UK-based series.

The first season, which has a budget of $100million, will feature ten episodes and premiere in 2016.

Peter Morgan’s WhatsOnStage Award-winning play explores a series of pivotal meetings between the Queen and her Prime Ministers, and starred Helen Mirren in the original production last year.

Morgan, who also wrote the film The Queen, will write the screenplay for the series, which will see each season looking at a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The play’s director Stephen Daldry will direct.

Claire Foy is rumoured to be playing the Queen in her early years, and it is unclear at this stage as to whether or not Mirren will reprise her role.

The Audience starring Helen Mirren is transferring to Broadway next year, with a simultaneous production starring Kristin Scott Thomas being staged at the Apollo Theatre.

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November 13, 2014 by KirstyArticles

L’Oreal Paris announce Dame Helen Mirren as the new face

Dame Helen Mirren has this morning been announced as the new UK ambassador of L’Oreal Paris.

The British actress joins a long list of icons that include Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda in representing the brand.

The 69-year-old actress is best known for her role in films including The Queen and Calender Girls but has always been outspoken on the subject of her looks:

“I am not gorgeous and I never was, but I was always ok-looking and I’m keen to stay that way,” she said.

“I have always loved the L’Oréal Paris brand, and I am truly delighted to become an ambassador and join such an impressive group of high-achievers. I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!” she commented on the collaboration.

For L’Oreal’s part the collaboration was a no-brainer with surveys of consumer appeal consistently ranking Mirren top.

‘‘For theatre and cinema audiences around the world, Helen Mirren is brilliant, irreverent,beautiful, sexy and quintessentially British,” commented Elen Macaskill, General Manager for L’Oreal Paris on the appointment.

“She is subtle and alluring, and to women in the arts she’s an inspiration and a tireless supporter of emerging talent. As you can tell I’m a huge fan, and we’re incredibly excited to introduce her as an Ambassador for our brand.”

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October 27, 2014 by KirstyArticles

Mirren’s Marmite Love

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her cravings for British food have led her to pack a jar of Marmite and spare teabags when she is travelling abroad, and she can’t resist taking a few porridge oats now and again.

She explained: ‘When we’re filming, I always take teabags and Marmite. That’s all I need, although I occasionally take some porridge oats.’

Helen – whose latest film ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ features her as a snooty French restaurant owner who is against the arrival of an Indian chef at a rival eatery – admitted that the meal she craves the most while away from home is a curry.

She added to Radio Times magazine: ‘The curious thing is that when I’m away from England the cuisine I crave is Indian food. My husband and I, when we come back from filming abroad or from holiday, our first port of call is the Lahore restaurant. Just off Commercial Road.

‘In a weird way, Indian food has become British food, my home food.’

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September 06, 2014 by KirstyArticles

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