Dame Helen joked that she had finally got one of her wishes as the new award placed her right next to fellow Brit Colin Firth. “I couldn’t be prouder and more happy that I’m actually going to finally lie next to Colin Firth, something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time,” she said.
Both stars have received Oscars for their work portraying members of the Royal Family, Firth for his role in King George VI in the 2010 movie The KIng’s Speech and Mirren for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie The Queen.
Helen received her Hollywood star from US playwright David Mamet who has just finished directing her in an HBO film about controversial music producer Phil Spector who was responsible for the 60’s ‘Wall of Sound’ music production technique. Helen plays the part of Spector’s attorney in the film which also stars Al Pacino as Phil Spector.
Dame Helen is currently appearing as Alma Reville, wife of famous thriller director Alfred Hitchcock in last year’s late movie release Hitchcock. The film portrays the sexless relationship between the two whose marriage lasted 53 years. Helen has been quite open in the past about her views on the matter of sex and has famously said that she sets her alarm clock an hour early each morning to allow her time to make love.
There is not an interview to be found with Helen where the subject doesn’t get onto her looks and the fact that she has appeared nude in many of her earlier movies. You can now add to the list of ‘Mirren interview topics’ the red bikini incident. Dame Helen was snapped on holiday in Italy with husband director Taylor Hackford wearing a sexy red bikini. This seemed to shock a number of people that a woman in her 60’s was seen wearing a bikini. What many of them failed to take into account was the fact that Helen still has a better body than many women in their 30’s.
The actress is seen as embodying the perfect attractive ‘older woman’ and last year was named as the top choice ‘fantasy hot older woman’ in a survey amongst men aged between 18 and 24.
Dame Helen is currently waiting to see who comes out on top in a battle with another famous British Dame, Judi Dench as they are both up for the Best British Actress Award at the London Critic’s Circle Film awards to be held on 20 January. Dame Helen is up for her role as Alma in Hitchcock whilst Dame Judi has been nominated for her role as Bond’s boss M in Skyfall and also her part in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.