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Helen Mirren Quotes


Helen Mirren
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Helen Lydia Mironoff
  • Born: 26th July 1945, Chiswick, London, England
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Alma mater: New College of Speech and Drama
  • Nickname: Popper
  • Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
  • Major awards: Oscar and a Golden Globe for best actress in The Queen (2006), Golden Globe for best actress in Losing Chase (1996), Tony Award for best actress in The Audience (2015) and she also won 4 Emmy awards
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"You write your life story by the choices you make"

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"I don't think it's good to try and change anyone. The trick and the mystery - of relationships and life in general - is to learn to live with the bits you don't like"

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"I'm a naturist at heart. I love being on beaches where everyone is naked. Ugly people, beautiful people, old people, whatever. It's so unisexual and so liberating"

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"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"

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"I cried then [when applauded by baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport]. I had my Oscar in my bag, so I got it out. I was shameless, but they loved it"

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"As you get older, naked stuff gets easier. It's more to do with the role than what men in the audience think. There's a liberation about it"

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"The part never calls for it. And I've never ever used that excuse. The box office calls for it" [talking about nudity on stage]

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"Flesh sells. People don't want to see pictures of churches. They want to see naked bodies"

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"Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be. I can't stand it when they behave like solicitors from Penge"

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"The trick in life is learning how to deal with it"

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"My poshed-over voice was learnt and assimilated. I was an Essex girl"

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"We're all idiots when we're young. We don't think we are, but we are. So we should be"

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"All any of us can do is make the best of what we have and live with generosity and kindness. Now that is beautiful"

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"Being powerful is so much more interesting than being beautiful"

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"I'm a would-be rebel. The good girl who'd like to be a bad one"

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Helen Mirren Biography

Over the years Helen Mirren has played some remarkable roles from royalty to prostitutes and from police detectives to villains and assassins. Her acting versatility coupled with her screen and stage presence have seen her forge a career that most Hollywood actresses could only dream about.

Yet she has kept a humbleness and understanding of the human side of life that is quite alien to most who have so successfully navigated the world of the thespian. Many reach a pinnacle in their acting career but few have the necessary skills to stay there like Helen Mirren has.



Mirren is from Russian descent and she had a very famous ancestor with her great, great, great grandfather being the decorated Russian soldier field-marshal Kamensky who became a Russian hero during the Napoleonic wars. She had a last name that sounded more like a vodka than an west London girl until in the 1950's her father changed their Russian surname from Mironoff to the more English sounding Mirren.

Although she has played a wide range of roles on screen she was particularly adept at depicting royalty as she has been cast to play a Queen in 6 different movies. Helen could be classed as acting royalty also as she is one of only 17 actresses who have conquered the movie, television and stage worlds by winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award for best actress. Top actresses are never short of a good one liner, so this is my compilation of 15 of the best Helen Mirren quotes

Quotes About Helen Mirren

The director Michael Winner enthused: "Helen's a lovely person, she's a great actress and I'm a huge fan"

Liam Neeson was candid about their meeting on set: "Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armor, having sword fights and stuff, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that"

The actress Samantha Bond described her thus: "There are not many sex symbols who can really act, but Helen is definitely one of them"

The playwright Alan Bennett summed her up nicely: "She's a formidable lady, but very nice, she knows her own mind"

The talk show host Michael Parkinson once described her as the: "Sex queen of the Royal Shakespeare Company"

The Bollywood star Om Puri spoke about working with her: "I have done more than 250 films, but Helen Mirren was making me a bit nervous before I met her, but when I met her, she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed"


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