Helen Mirren has transcended every label imaginable. A graduate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mirren’s poshness has never been held against her. She is both loved and revered for her acting and her chummy personality. Make no mistake about it, Mirren is a lady but she isn’t going to let that get in the way of a good time.
Mirren, real name Helen Lydia Mironoff, started her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967. Two years later, she co-starred opposite James Mason in Michael Powell’s film Age of Consent, which was based on a novel of the same name by Norman Lindsay.
Helen Mirren’s balls out approach to acting won her many fans and admirers. She was sexy without trying or being overly fussy about her appearance. Mirren’s work ethic has never been in doubt. She has worked continually in film, TV and on the stage for nearly 5 decades now.
Mirren would up the nudity quotient three years later in the 1972 Ken Russell film Savage Messiah. Again, she would play an artist’s model and appear in the buff . The film is based on the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brezka. Mirren would portray society girl Gosh Boyle and outdo herself in the skin department.
Helen Mirren would not only find success on the stage and in film but on TV as well in the British show Prime Suspect. As Detective Jane Tennison, Mirren would find an even bigger audience and success. In 1999, she would win both a Golden Globe and and an Emmy for her portrayal of Ayn Rand in the Showtime film The Passion of Ayn Rand.
One more film of note to talk about and that is the 1989 Peter Greenaway film The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and her Lover. Made in 1989 by the controversial art house director, the film’s subject matter caused it to court an X-rating, though it was ultimately released unrated. In the film, Mirren plays Georgina the abused wife of Michael Gambon’s character Albert Spica.
The film would be Mirren’s breakout in the United States.