Vintage Photos And Surprising Facts From Helen Mirren’s Career

Helen Mirren is an English actress who’s recognizable to just about everyone who has a passion for film. She began her career on the stage before moving on to television and film, where she has established herself as one of the most respected actresses in the profession. With countless awards and nominations under her belt, she has proven herself to be one of the best in the business. In honor of Dame Helen Mirren, we’ve collected some vintage photos of the superstar, along with some interesting facts about her life.

Her Breakthrough Came In The ’80s

During the 1980s, Mirren really came into her own. She had notable appearances in several well-known films. These included Excalibur, White Nights, and Mosquito Coast.

Picture of Mirren
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During that time, she also earned a Cannes Film Festival Award for her performance in the 1984 film Cal. While this is impressive enough, her major break came when she played Detective Inspector Jane Tennison ins the British mystery series Prime Suspect.