Here is the video of the opening credit to Helen Mirren’s Life Achievement Award Speech, which you can find below and in our video vault.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Life Achievement Award Helen Mirren for you all.
Helen wore a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda custom silk crepe gown, adorned with Venetian glass embellishments for an added, spring-friendly flair (as reported by Red Carpet Fashion Awards).
Enjoy the HQ photos and hopefully I’ll be adding videos soon.
The legendary British actress reflects on her humble beginnings in London, becoming an American citizen and why she appreciates and encourages the debate about authenticity in casting sparked by her upcoming role as Golda Meir: “It’s a healthy discussion to have.”
It took the better part of two months to schedule an interview with Helen Mirren, the inaugural film star in the THR Icon series. Blame her punishing work schedule — the 76-year-old Oscar winner is coming off back-to-back-to-back productions, ranging from the British dramedy The Duke to F9: The Fast Saga (her third turn in the Fast & Furious franchise) to Shazam! Fury of the Gods, her first superhero movie, in which she plays the villain Hespera. When we finally nail down a time to talk, Mirren — speaking via video link from Italy in a home she shares with her husband, Oscar-winning American director-producer Taylor Hackford — has just finished shooting Guy Nattiv’s Golda, in which she plays Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
An Oscar, Emmy, Tony and BAFTA Award winner, Mirren has had the equivalent of four or five ordinary careers. She was the youngest actress to be accepted into the Royal Shakespeare Company and helped lead the 1980s and 1990s revival of British cinema with roles in John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1980), Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George (1994) — the latter securing Mirren her first of four Oscar nominations. Her primetime depiction of police detective Jane Tennison on ITV’s long-running Prime Suspect, a role that garnered Mirren six Emmy nominations and two trophies, was groundbreaking, and in the 2000s, following her performances in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park in 2001 (also Oscar-nominated) and her Oscar-winning turn as Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Mirren was finally elevated to “national treasure” status in Britain.
Then, well into her 60s, Mirren became an action movie star, first as an assassin lured out of retirement by Bruce Willis in RED and RED 2, then as Jason Statham’s East End gangster mum, Queenie, in the Fast & Furious films.
On Feb. 27, SAG-AFTRA will honor the actress with its highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career and humanitarian accomplishments.
Endlessly curious, phenomenally talented and endowed with a work ethic that would shame a 20-something, Dame Helen Mirren has survived, thrived and transformed through six decades of a matchless career while still remaining indelibly herself.
Read the full article/interview in our press library.
Dame Helen Mirren talks to Lorraine about her upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award and self-doubting herself still.
She recalls of the “profound feeling” of becoming an American citizen, “It brought up feelings of patriotism that I didn’t think I had”
Helen Mirren is a dame — but she’s also a proud American.
The 76-year-old British Oscar winner, who was appointed a dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, became an American citizen in 2017, something she takes enormous pride in.
“My husband [Taylor Hackford] is American. My stepchildren are obviously American. My nephew lived in America, worked in America,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “So I had certainly been an American resident for a very long time.”
The actress adds, “When I understood, which I hadn’t quite grasped before, that I could be a British citizen and an American citizen — because I would not like to give up my British citizenship — then I thought, ‘Well, that’s great. That’s the perfect world.’ ”
Mirren says it was “so moving” when she got her American citizenship. “I didn’t realize how profound a feeling it would be,” she recalls. “It brought up feelings of patriotism that I didn’t think I had. I think it was to do with the intrinsic generosity of America.”
The Good Liar actress was living in New York City during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, performing in a play at the time.
“I saw the second tower come down,” she says, looking back. “I had an epiphany. I realized where my allegiance and my heart and my intellect lay in that confrontation between extremism, religiosity — all those things and everything that America represents.”
“And I thought, ‘I’m an American,’ ” Mirren adds. “I got an American flag, and I put it outside my window.”
Mirren is soon to be honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild on Feb. 27.
“It’s a pinnacle,” Mirren tells PEOPLE. “From a pinnacle, you’ve only got two choices and that’s down or up to the clouds. Having said that, it’s a great pinnacle to find yourself standing on.”
To date, Mirren is the most decorated SAG Life Achievement recipient, with a total of 13 SAG Awards nominations and five SAG Awards acting wins.
The 28th annual SAG Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Dame Helen Mirren returns in the 53rd season! Or rather, 4th season.
Today IFC announced the return of Documentary Now! for its 53rd season, quite the feat for such an artful and obscure series that’s actually in its 4th season. The series, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, pays homage to the art of documentaries through farcical short films. The new season will consist of six new episodes, which are currently in production.
The new episodes include Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport, an homage to fashion documentaries such as 3 Salons at the Seaside and The September Issue. The short will be a fly-on-the-wall look at a salon owner and her staff as they prepare their annual stylebook, How They Threw Rocks, a take on the sports documentary When We Were Kings, which will follow Craig Maes, a Welsh sportsman known as the “Field Rock” who competes in a 1974 bout titled “The Melon vs. The Felon,” and My Monkey Grifter, which draws inspiration from My Octopus Teacher, and follows a filmmaker who develops and intensely personal relationship with a monkey with devious motives.
Documentary Now! has been nominated for six Emmys over the course of its run. The series debuted with rave reviews from critics both critics and audiences. The series soon became a fan favorite thanks to the series’ loving treatment of such beloved documentaries as Grey Gardens. Each episode also features guest stars that range from established comedians to A-list actors. Guests actors featured last season included Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne, John Mulaney, Michael C. Hall, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, and more. The cast for season 53 will be announced soon.
The series is created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas. Armisen, Hader, Meyers, and Thomas also executive produce the series. Also, executive producing are Alex Buono and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Thomas and Buono will serve as the show’s directors. John Mulaney and Erik Kenward are serve as consultign producers for the series. Alice Mathias serves as co-executive producer. Additionally, David Cress, Matt Pacult and Tamsin Rawady serve as producers.
Season 53 is currently in production and further casting announcements will be made soon. No premiere date has yet been set. You can catch up on the first three seasons of Documentary Now!, on Netflix and iTunes. Season 53, or rather 4, will air on IFC and AMC+ later in 2022. Until then, you can grab a pair of grey sweats around your head as a built-in scarf and head to Sandy Passage for refuge.
The first event of 2022 for Dame Helen Mirren and doesn’t she look amazing? The Duke premiered in the UK yesterday and she shined on the red carpet like a true Queen of fashion.
Enjoy the HQ photos I collected and added to the site.
A couple of HQ stills of Helen Mirren in The Duke have been added to the gallery.
The gallery has been updated with over 1,200 caps of Helen Mirren in her episode of Solos. Enjoy!