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Helen Mirren

DOB: July 26, 1945

Background: Mirren is a British actress of English and Russian descent. Her father played the viola in the London Philharmonic before World War II. She acted in school productions in high school and then attended the New College of Speech and Drama in London. At eighteen, she joined the National Youth Theater, which led her to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has continued to act on stage throughout her career.

Filmography: Her TV and film career has spanned decades and includes such projects as "Cousin Bette" (1971), "Caligula" (1979), "Excalibur" (1981), "The Mosquito Coast" (1986), "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" (1989), and numerous Shakespeare adaptations: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1968, and again in 1981), "Hamlet" (1976), "As You Like It" (1978), and most recently Julie Taymor's reimagining of "The Tempest" (2010) in which Mirren plays the lead role, originally written for a man.

In the 1990s, Mirren achieved international success as alcoholic detective Jane Tennison in seven "Prime Suspect" miniseries between 1991 and 2006, winning two of her four career Emmys (1996, 2007). Her other two awards came for "The Passion of Ayn Rand" in 1999 and "Elizabeth I" in 2006. She has made several other television appearances, including the telefilms "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," "Door to Door," and "Losing Chase."

She earned her first of four Oscar nominations for "The Madness of King George" in 1995. She subsequently appeared in "Critical Care" (1997) and "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" (1999) before earning her second nomination for Robert Altman's "Gosford Park." She won Best Actress as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" in 2007 and earned another bid for "The Last Station" in 2010. Her other notable films include "Calendar Girls," "State of Play," and the action-comedy "Red."
 

Academy AwardsWin - Best Actress ("The Queen," 2006)

Best Actress Nomination
"The Last Station" (2009); lost to Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side")

Best Supporting Actress Nominations
"Gosford Park" (2001); lost to Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind")
"The Madness of King George" (1994); lost to Dianne Wiest ("Bullets Over Broadway")

Emmy AwardsWins - Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Prime Suspect: The Final Act," 2007; Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Elizabeth I," 2006); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("The Passion of Ayn Rand," 1999); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness," 1996)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominations
"Phil Spector" (2013); lost to Laura Linney ("The Big C: Hereafter")
"Prime Suspect 6" (2004); lost to Meryl Streep ("Angels in America")
"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (2003); lost to Maggie Smith ("My Life in Umbria")
"Prime Suspect 5" (1997); lost to Alfre Woodard ("Miss Evers' Boys")
"Prime Suspect 3" (1994); lost to Kirstie Alley ("David's Mother")
"Prime Suspect 2" (1993); lost to Holly Hunter ("Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress Nomination
"Door to Door" (2003); lost to Gena Rowlands ("Hysterical Blindness")

Tony Awards:

Best Actress in a Play Nominations
"Dance of Death" (2002); lost to Lindsay Duncan ("Private Lives")
"A Month in the Country (1995); lost to Cherry Jones ("The Heiress")

Golden GlobesWins - Best Film Drama Actress ("The Queen," 2007); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Elizabeth I," 2007) Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Losing Chase," 1997)

Best Film Drama Actress Nominations
"Hitchcock" (2013); lost to Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")
"The Last Station" (2010); lost to Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side")

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress Nominations
"Calendar Girls" (2004); lost to Diane Keaton ("Something's Gotta Give")

Best Film Supporting Actress Nomination
"Gosford Park" (2002); lost to Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominations
"Phil Spector" (2014); lost to Elisabeth Moss ("Top of the Lake")
"Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act" (2007); lost to Helen Mirren ("Elizabeth I")
"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (2004); lost to Meryl Streep ("Angels in America")
"Door to Door" (2003); lost to Uma Thurman ("Hysterical Blindness")
"The Passion of Ayn Rand" (2000); lost to Halle Berry ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge")

SAG AwardsWins - Best Film Ensemble ("Gosford Park," 2002); Best Film Actress ("The Queen," 2007); Best Film Supporting Actress ("Gosford Park," 2002); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Phil Spector," 2014); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Elizabeth I," 2007)

Best Film Actress Nominations
"Hitchcock" (2013); lost to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
"The Last Station" (2010); lost to Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominations
"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (2004); lost to Meryl Streep ("Angels in America")
"Door to Door" (2003); lost to Stockard Channing ("The Matthew Shepard Story")
"The Passion of Ayn Rand" (2000); lost to Halle Berry ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge")

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