LOS ANGELES — Helen Mirren is oddly absent from the Harry Potter film franchise that proved close to a full-employment act for Britain’s acting greats. But she’s found her own path into its magical world.
Dame Helen, as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor is properly addressed, makes her debut as a quiz host with “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.” The weekly, four-part series begins 8 p.m. EST Sunday on TBS and Cartoon Network.
In episode one, contestants representing the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff houses field trivia questions about J.K. Rowling’s novels-turned-films in a bid to claim a championship trophy and prizes.
Mirren left the cramming to the players and is unworried about being a novice game show emcee.
“I can certainly play a strict host,” she said, drolly, in an interview with the Associated Press.
Mirren’s willingness to take on something different shouldn’t raise eyebrows. She’s celebrated for her regal roles — including “The Queen,” “Elizabeth I” and “Catherine the Great” — but also counts the Fast & the Furious movie franchise among her varied credits.
Her return to a comic book-based project is upcoming: She plays a mythological goddess in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” Mirren’s baptism in the genre came with the film “Red” and its sequel.
Mirren’s admiration for the Harry Potter series rings true.
Here’s your first look of Helen Mirren as Israel’s prime minister Golda Meir for the film Golda, which is currently filming.
Helen Mirren is the most decorated SAG Life Achievement recipient with a total of 13 SAG Awards nominations and five SAG Awards Actor wins
Helen Mirren is set to receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute.
The Oscar-winning actress, 76, has been named the 57th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, it was revealed Thursday. Mirren will be presented with the honor at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Feb. 27.
Mirren has won numerous awards over the course of her illustrious career, including an Oscar, multiple SAG Awards, three Emmys, numerous BAFTA Awards, a Tony Award, a BAFTA Fellowship Award and The Film Society at Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. In 2003, she was famously made a Dame of the British Empire.
To date, Mirren is the most decorated SAG Life Achievement recipient with a total of 13 SAG Awards nominations and five SAG Awards Actor wins.
“I am honored to have been chosen to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said Mirren in a statement. “Since I was a young actor starting out, I have always been inspired by and learned from American screen acting, so this award is particularly meaningful for me.”
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher added: “Dame Helen Mirren is quite simply a brilliant and luminous talent. Her work runs the gamut of characters from a not-so-retired CIA super-killer and a ruthless Russian spy handler to a Hungarian cleaning lady and the most exquisite Elizabeth II. She has set the bar very high for all actors and, in role after role, she exceeds even her own extraordinary performances. I’ve always felt a kinship with Helen. She’s the Queen of England and I’m the Queen of Queens. She won an Oscar and I’m left-hander of the year. It’s uncanny. And, it is my deep, personal honor to be the first to congratulate Helen as the 57th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Bravo, my dear!”
Mirren is soon set to host Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, a four-part competition series premiering on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, on TBS and Cartoon Network.
When the series was first announced in September, Mirren expressed her excitement about her upcoming hosting gig.
“I knew someday I’d get a Harry Potter role, and I’m so pleased to take part in the 20-year film celebration,” Mirren said in a statement, according to Deadline.
“The films inspired such enchantment and wonder for so many of us,” she continued. “And it will be such a treat to reignite that magic for the countless fans who continue to revel in this spellbinding world.”
Take a look in the gallery for a few caps of the short cameo of Helen Mirren in the Fast & Furious 9 movie.
Helen Mirren has been awarded the Ambassador for the University of Salento in Lecce, Apulia (Italy) for the extraordinary dedication and love she’s given to this land and to promote culture, education and the well being of the territories.
Interviewed by local journalists she says how much she loves the land and its people and everything from food to the art, a place that to her is now a second home. hoping also that she can provide a good help to the University for its growth.
Zachary Levi gives fans their first official look at the Shazam! sequel, which is scheduled to open in theaters on June 2, 2023. In addition to Levi, who reprises the title role, the DCEU sequel also stars Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, and Lucy Liu. David F. Sandberg returns to direct.
Take a look in the gallery for a few HQ photos of Helen Mirren at The Renaissance Awards.