Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE, is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards.
Award-winning actress Helen Mirren was born Helen Lydia Mironoff at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, west London, the daughter of Kathleen “Kitty” Alexandrina Eva Matilda and Vasily Petrovich Mironoff. Her mother was English and her father was Russian, originally from Kuryanovo, Smolensk Oblast. Mirren’s paternal grandfather, Colonel Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov, was in the Imperial Russian Army and fought in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War. He later became a diplomat, and was negotiating an arms deal in Britain when he and his family were stranded during the Russian Revolution. The former diplomat became a London cab driver to support his family and settled down in England.
Her paternal grandparents were Russian. Her grandfather, Piotr Vasilievich Mironoff, was a Tsarist aristocrat who was in London negotiating an arms deal during World War I when the 1917 Russian Revolution stranded him there. His wife and son (Helen’s father) joined him in London. On her mother’s side, she is of English descent.
Mirren started her career on screen in 1967 with Herostratus. A largely forgettable film, she followed it up with far stronger showings in such films as The Age of Consent (1969), The Long Goodbye (1973), O Lucky Man! (1973), Caligula (1977), Excalibur (1981), Cal (1984) (earning her the Best Actress award at Cannes) and The Madness of King George (1994). Her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in the latter film earned her her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Helen Mirren Height and Weight, Bra Size, Body Measurements
Helen Mirren Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)
Helen Mirren Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Helen Mirren Measurements: 38C-26-37
Helen Mirren Bra Size: 38C
Helen Mirren Bra Cup Size: C
Helen Mirren Shoe Size/Feet Size: 9 (US)
Helen Mirren Dress Size: 8 (US)
Helen Mirren Star Sign: Leo
Helen Mirren Net Worth: $50 million
Helen Mirren Hair Color: Grey
Helen Mirren Eye Color: Blue
Date Of Birth: 26 July 1945
Birth Place: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
Birth Name: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff
Full Name: Helen Lydia Mirren Hackford
(Her father was of Russian descent. Her mother was English.)
Spouse: Taylor Hackford (m. 1997)
Partner: Taylor Hackford (1986-1997), Liam Neeson
Parents: Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov
Education: St Bernard’s High School for Girls (1963)
Helen Mirren Facts:
Stepmother of Rio Hackford and Alex Hackford.
Sister of Peter Basil Mironoff and Katherine Mironoff.
Daughter of Vasily Mironoff and Kathleen Rogers.
Became an Associate Member of RADA.
Despite her Russian birth name and ancestry, she does not speak Russian, but is fluent in French.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.
She and her husband Taylor Hackford are both Oscar-winners.
She owns houses in Los Angeles, London, and the south of France.
Was voted 2nd in Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year in December 2006.
Has a tattoo of a star on her left hand, acquired at a Native American reservation in Minnesota.