Helen Mirren, know the actress and her net worth
Dame Helen Mirren is a famous English actress who has a net worth of $50 million dollars. Born in Hammersmith, London, England in the year 1945, Mirren is of Russian and English descent. Her father was Russian and her mom, English. Helen Mirren is an award-winning actress who has done famous films and Tv series such as 'Prime Suspect', 'Caligula', 'Shadowboxer, 'Elizabeth I' and 'The Queen'. She has till date portrayed the role of a queen six times in movies. At the age of 18, Helen Mirren auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and was accepted. .She played the role of Cleopatra at the age of 20 in the theatre's production of 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Her work at the National Youth Theatre was much appreciated and she was later invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1960s. She has done a lot of work on stage, screen and television. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, three Golden Globe Awards, four BAFTAs, Four Emmy Awards and also two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards. Her first film role came in the year 1969 when she played the role of a muse to a middle-aged artist in 'Age of Consent'. She was critically praised in the film and became an overnight success. Mirren appeared on the British Television series 'Prime Suspect' as Jane Tennison for seven seasons right from 1991 to 2006. She was on the British television series "Prime Suspect" as Jane Tennison for seven seasons from 1991 to 2006. Her other important films include, 'White Nights', 'Elizabeth I', 'The Queen', 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets', 'RED', 'Hitchcock', and 'Monsters University'. Mirren is married to the film director Taylor Hackford.
Helen Mirren: Early life
Helen Mirren, born on July 26, 1945 in London, England had the birth name Illiana Lydia Mironova. Mirren's grandfather, Piotr Vasilievich Mironoff, was a White Russian (Tsarist) aristocrat who was in London for business during the World War I when the Russian Revolution in 1917 stranded him in London. His family joined him there and Mirren's father married Mirren's mother there who is of English descent. Mirren attended St. Bernard's High School for Girls in Southend-on-sea. She acted in various school productions and then joined the New College of Speech and Drama in London. She was inspired by theatre from a very early age, but found her true inspiration at the age of 13 at an amateur production of Hamlet. "I was blown away by all this over-the-top drama," she said in an interview with The Times UK. "We grew up without TV and never went to the cinema, so after Hamlet, all I wanted to do was get back into that world where all those fabulous things were possible." She later joined the National Youth Theatre when she was 18 years old.
Helen Mirren has done a lot of movies and TV shows during her lifetime and her most awaited film is 'Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built'. 'The Fate of the Furious' and 'The Leisure Seeker' are some other famous movies released recently. The movie, 'Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built' is a supernatural horror film. Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built will release in 2018. She plays the role of Sarah Winchester in 'Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built. 'The Fate of the Furious' released in April 2017 is a film from the 'Fast and the Furious' series. Helen Mirren plays the role of matriarch of the Shaw family in ' The Fate of the Furious. 'The Fate of the Furious' did a whopping 1.163 billion USD business at the box office. 'The Leisure Seeker' is a romantic/drama film about a couple who run away on an unforgettable journey on their faithful old RV. 'The Leisure Seeker' is set to release on 15th December, 2017. 'The Leisure Seeker' is about the couple battling with cancer and Alzheimer.
Helen Mirren: Awards for movies and net worth
Mirren starred as Cleopatra in the 1965 production of 'Antony and Cleopatra' at the age of 20. Her performance got her a place with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as an agent. She used to work in Essex, UK at an amusement park 'The Kursall'. Her job was that of a 'Blagger' who had to attract customers to lag rides. Helen Mirren was cast in the movie 'Caligula' in the year 1980. The film had strong violence and explicit sex scenes and had an X rating. She was cast against Malcolm McDowell and Peter O'Toole. In 1992, Helen Mirren got her breakthrough TV role as Detective Inspector Jane Tennison in the famous Tv mystery series, 'Prime Suspect'. The show came to an end in the year 2006 and Mirren had received five BAFTA awards and several Emmy Award nominations for her performance on the show. She also won an Outstanding Lead Actress Award in 1996. Her directorial debut came with 'Happy Birthday' which was the segment of the 2001 TV-movie 'On the Edge'. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her role in 1995's 'A Month in the Country' and then again in the year 2002 for 'Dance of Death'. She finds her favorite role in 'Teaching Mrs. Tingle' in the year 1999 where she played the evil history teacher. The movie was not critically acclaimed but remains her personal favorite so far. Mirren played William h. Macy's mother in the movie 'Door To Door' in the year 2002, even though he is only five years her junior. She was given the Award of The Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire' in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. She became an Associate Member of RADA.
Some other interesting facts
Helen Mirren likes to exercise at least four times every week and prefers walking or light jogging. She is an atheist. She once revealed that she was date raped as a student when she was 20 years old and used to take cocaine and continued to do so until the 1980s. Mirren strongly believes in karma - what goes around will come around so careful of how you are to others. She is not fluent in Russian despite having a Russian ancestry and Russian name. After appearing in the film 'The Calendar Girls', she said that people are not interested in seeing pictures of churches. They are interested in seeing naked bodies." She is the only actress to date who has played both Queen Elizabeth I, in the 2005 film 'Elizabeth I' and Queen Elizabeth II, in the 2006 film 'The Queen'. She got her first Oscar for her superb performance and also got the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She also got Golden Globe award and Emmy award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO movie Elizabeth I. Her favorite color is yellow. She was voted as the sexiest older woman in the world, in 2007. Mirren was quite rebellious as a kid. She once went to a Native American reservation located somewhere in Minnesota and got a star tattoo made on her left hand. She considers Anna Magnani as her acting idol. Mirren has said she is an atheist. In the August 2011 issue of Esquire magazine, Mirren said, "I am quite spiritual. I believed in fairies when I was a child. I still do sort of believe in the fairies. And the leprechauns. But I don't believe in God." Mirren has a wax statue of herself in London's Madame Tussauds. She unveiled it on 11 May 2010. The figure reportedly cost £150,000 to make and took four months to finish. Marks and Spencer launched a 'Womanism' campaign in August, 2013 and she was one of the several new models for the campaign. Her net worth is $50 million and she is one of the richest women celebrities in the world. She stands 5 feet and 4 inches tall. Helen Mirren is fluent in French but not in Russian. HEr favorite American city is New Orleans and according to an issue of the Architectural Digest of April, 2007, she and her husband had sold off their estate. Mirren played a Queen a total of six times: The Queen (2006), Elizabeth I (2005) (TV), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Snow Queen (1995), The Madness of King George (1994), and Caligola (1979). She played a brothel madam in 'Love Ranch'. It was a film directed by her husband Taylor Hackford. Helen Mirren has served as an ambassador for the human rights organization Oxfam. She called her Prime Suspect role "the biggest break of my career."
Helen Mirren: Personal life and her tattoo
Mirren had publicly vowed never to marry. She finally agreed and wed Taylor Hackford, the director, in 1997. Both she and her husband Taylor Hackford are Oscar Winners. She and her husband both live in Los Angeles and London both. She is the stepmother of Rio Hackford and Alexander Hackford. Mirren is the sister of Peter Basil Mironoff and Katherine Mironoff. Helen Mirren is the daughter of Vasily Mironoff and Kathleen Rogers. Her husband Taylor Hackford is an American director and also the former president of Directors Guild of America. She had been married to her husband for 19 year now. She once quoted, 'Miss Mirren has now revealed: ‘Taylor and I aren’t remotely romantic with each other. And actually we appreciate the lack of romance in the other person. I’d be completely horrified if Taylor gave me a Valentine’s card! That’s not our sort of relationship at all – we would pour cold water on that sort of thing. Helen Mirren has a tattoo on her hand which she initially got as an act of rebellion from her youth. The Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-winning actress later revealed the true meaning of her tattoo. The interlocking of the Vs denotes 'love thy neighbor'. She takes the tattoo as a daily reminder on the importance of tolerance.