All hail Dame Helen Mirren. The Academy Award winning actress better prepare for a busy 2013 – it will see her pick up an award from The European Film Academy AND, once again, play Queen Elizabeth – the role that earned her a Best Actress Oscar in 2007.
The Academy is awarding Mirren with the European Achievement in World Cinema 2012, celebrating her extensive body of work.
As well as Elizabeth II in the 2006 film, The Queen, Mirren, 67, played two other British Queens on the big screen – Elizabeth I in the 2005 film of the same name, and Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, in 1994's The Madness of King George.
She’s also famous for her wide-ranging work in film and on television; namely in Brit flick Calendar Girls, thrillers The State of Play and The Debt, and as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect.
From February 2013, she will reprise her role as the Queen for the stage, playing Elizabeth on stage in The Audience. Written by Peter Morgan, who also received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to The Queen, the play focuses on the Queen’s weekly meetings with various Prime Ministers from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, held at Buckingham Palace for the last 60 years. Which means Mirren will range from a 20 year-old to an 80-year-old every night.
She said of reprising her role: ‘I thought, “Here are some of the best people at what they do in the world. If you don’t do it, you’re an absolute idiot!” So here we go again!’
And of winning the being internationally recognised as one of the greatest living actresses? ‘It’s a very meaningful honour,’ gushed Mirren.
We can’t think of a more deserved winner. Go Dame Helen!
The Audience will preview at the Gielgud Theatre in London from next February, and is currently booking at the same theatre until mid-June 2013.
Helen Mirren as The Queen, 2006