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

Helen Mirren is Learning Italian

Dame Helen Mirren is learning Italian.

The 69-year-old actress owns a villa in Salento, South-East Italy, with her husband Taylor Hackford and although the couple also have homes in London, Los Angeles and France they are now spending the majority of their time at their Italian residence.

Helen says they love living in Salento so much she is selling her French property and has begun learning Italian so she can converse with the locals.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, she said: ‘I own a house in France, it’s actually sadly up for sale now. I did have a house there for more than 20 years. But now my husband and I have moved to Italy. That’s our home so now I’m trying to learn Italian.’

Helen’s favourite European country used to be France and she has a decent grasp of the language, something that came in useful for her role as Frenchwoman Madame Mallory in her new movie ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’.

She said: ‘My French is quite good but a bit rusty. I certainly wouldn’t call it fluent but it sounds good. It’s the result of my sort of British love affair with France and everything French. When I was in my teens, they (the French) seemed the coolest, chicest people on the planet and I desperately wanted to be French. I got myself a French boyfriend and that was the closest I could get to it. I was 14 and still know him. Then I did work in Paris for a year or more.’

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September 02, 2014 by KirstyArticles

Helen Mirren was ‘wary’ about becoming a Dame

She is a darling of the establishment, a doyen of stage and television and, after playing three different queens on the big screen, probably the closest thing to acting royalty Britain has.

But Helen Mirren has revealed she was wary about becoming a Dame – because she sees herself as a bit of an outsider.

Dame Helen, 69, told the Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine: “I was kind of ambivalent about it because I’ve always seen myself as slightly on the outside or the edge of things.

“In Britain, a Damehood is very much being welcomed by the establishment… so I was a bit wary.

“To me, actors shouldn’t be too establishment. Our job is to be sort of anti-establishment.

“But on the other hand… I just know how incredibly proud my father and Russian ancestors would have been.

“So, I took it for that reason and I did feel embarrassingly proud about it.”

Dame Helen, whose career has spanned almost 50 years, said she was obsessive about her work as a young actress but grew out of it.

She also said she finds it hard when people find her intimidating but admitted that she was nervous about meeting Bruce Willis, her co-star in the Red and Red 2 films.

“I was looking at him and going, ‘Oh my god, it’s Bruce Willis, oh f**k, it’s Bruce Willis, what do I do? What do I say, what do I do, where do I put my hands?” she said.

“And he just walked up, put his arms around me, and gave me a big hug.”

Dame Helen also admitted to having a crush on actor Mel Gibson during the days of his Mad Max films – and says she does not consider herself a sex symbol.

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August 17, 2014 by KirstyArticles

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