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Helen Mirren


Born: 26 July 1945
Where: Ilford, England

Hailing from Russian aristocracy, Helen Mirren became obsessed with Shakespeare as a child and quickly rose to become the enfant terrible of the RSC. A woman of her times, she consistently brought contemporary power to her roles, onstage as Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth, and onscreen in Excalibur and Prime Suspect (to take just a small sample of her breathtaking works). She combines intelligence, sexuality and sheer presence.