Helen Mirren

Biography: Boasting remarkable versatility and palpable sensuality, this British actress has turned into the thinking man's sex symbol. In the '60s, she started out in the theater. After joining the National Youth Theatre, she played the Egyptian Queen in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, a role she would embody two more times during her career. She made her film debut playing a rambunctious teenager in 1969's The Age of Consent, and then worked consistently in her homeland. At the outset of her film career, she took somewhat racy parts in offbeat projects such s Savage Messiah (1972), the sexually charged Caligula (1980) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989). In the '80s, her eye-catching performances also helped make her a household name stateside. She impressed audiences as a gangster's girlfriend in The Long Good Friday (1980) and as the deliciously evil Morgana in Excalibur (1981) opposite her then-boyfriend Liam Neeson. In 1984, she tapped into her Russian heritageBoasting remarkable versatility and palpable sensuality, this British actress has turned into the thinking man's sex symbol. In the '60s, she started out in the theater. After joining the National Youth Theatre, she played the Egyptian Queen in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, a role she would embody two more times during her career. She made her film debut playing a rambunctious teenager in 1969's The Age of Consent, and then worked consistently in her homeland. At the outset of her film career, she took somewhat racy parts in offbeat projects such s Savage Messiah (1972), the sexually charged Caligula (1980) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989). In the '80s, her eye-catching performances also helped make her a household name stateside. She impressed audiences as a gangster's girlfriend in The Long Good Friday (1980) and as the deliciously evil Morgana in Excalibur (1981) opposite her then-boyfriend Liam Neeson. In 1984, she tapped into her Russian heritage as a ballet star behind the Iron Curtain in White Nights and ended up dancing away with the director, Taylor Hackford, who became her husband. In the '90s, she became more widely known to American audiences when she snagged her seminal role as Detective Inspector Jane Tennison in the first of seven installments of the Prime Suspect TV franchise. Intelligent, intense, sexy and flawed, the character allowed Mirren to go from domineering to devastated, and netted her three consecutive BAFTA awards, plus an Emmy. On the silver screen, Mirren continued to be praised for performances in more mainstream fare, and she scored Oscar nominations for her roles in The Madness of King George (1994) and Gosford Park (2001). On the small screen, she earned more venerability with her acclaimed Emmy-winning portrayal of Ayn Rand in the made-for-TV movie The Passion of Ayn Rand. In the '00s, she continued to work consistently in television, stage and film on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003, she returned to her risqué routes with the big-screen comedy Calendar Girls, which featured the 58-year-old actress in some provocative poses. Next, Hollywood enthusiastically embraced her regal portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in the acclaimed television miniseries Elizabeth I and then Queen Elizabeth II in the feature film The Queen. Her uncanny channeling of Elizabeth II earned her a long overdue accolade: an Oscar for Best Actress. After her banner year, she let loose and took supporting roles in the action adventure flick National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), the family-friendly Inkheart (2009) and the political thriller State of Play (2009). In 2009, she also added to her resume even more award nominations (including an Oscar and Golden Globe nod) for her well-lauded depiction of Leo Tolstoy's wife in The Last Station. When not working, she spends time with her husband and stepchildren, and she also campaigns with human rights organizations. Expand

Helen Mirren's Scores

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Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 91 The Queen
Lowest Metascore: 23 Collateral Beauty
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 48
  2. Negative: 10 out of 48
48 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd F9 May 28, 2021 Magdalene Shaw / Magdalene Shaw tbd
58 The One and Only Ivan Aug 21, 2020 Principal Cast / Snickers 8.4
55 The Good Liar Nov 15, 2019 Betty McLeish / Betty McLeish tbd
60 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Aug 1, 2019 Magdalene Shaw / Magdalene Shaw / Queenie / Queenie tbd
40 Anna Jun 21, 2019 Olga 6.7
34 Berlin, I Love You Feb 8, 2019 Principal Cast / Margaret 1.5
39 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nov 2, 2018 Mother Ginger / Mother Ginger 4.8
45 The Leisure Seeker Mar 9, 2018 Ella / Ella / Ella Spencer 7.3
28 Winchester Feb 2, 2018 Sarah Winchester / Sarah Winchester 4.4
56 The Fate of the Furious Apr 14, 2017 Cast 6.9
76 Cries from Syria Mar 3, 2017 Narrator 6.6
23 Collateral Beauty Dec 16, 2016 Cast / Brigitte / Brigitte 6.2
73 Eye in the Sky Mar 11, 2016 Colonel Katherine Powell / Colonel Katherine Powell 7.1
60 Trumbo Nov 6, 2015 Hedda Hopper / Hedda Hopper 7.3
51 Woman in Gold Apr 1, 2015 Maria Altmann / Maria Altmann 7.1
55 The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 8, 2014 Madame Mallory / Madame Mallory 7.0
47 RED 2 Jul 19, 2013 Victoria / Victoria 6.6
65 Monsters University Jun 21, 2013 Dean Hardscrabble / Dean Hardscrabble 2.2
55 Hitchcock Nov 23, 2012 Alma Reville / Alma Reville / Alma Reville / Alma Reville 6.5
65 The Debt Aug 31, 2011 Rachel Singer 6.6
57 Brighton Rock Aug 26, 2011 Ida 5.8
36 Arthur Apr 8, 2011 Hobson / Hobson 8.2
43 The Tempest Dec 10, 2010 Prospera / Prospera 6.7
60 RED Oct 15, 2010 Victoria 6.9
53 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Sep 24, 2010 Nyra 7.0
37 Love Ranch Jun 30, 2010 Grace Bontempo 8.2
76 The Last Station Dec 4, 2009 Sofya Tolstaya 7.6
64 State of Play Apr 17, 2009 Cameron Lynne 7.9
49 Inkheart Jan 23, 2009 Elinor Loredan 5.9
48 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Dec 21, 2007 Emily Appleton 5.8