Helen Mirren’s biographyHelen Mirren is a talented British actress, the holder of the Oscars (2007) and Cannes Film Festival awards, holder of the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and many other prestigious awards. Despite her titles and royalties, the actress is completely devoid of arrogance, spontaneity and a self-deprecating humor are her main traits, which help her take things lightly.
Childhood and familyHelen Mirren was born on July 26, 1945 in the suburbs of London, in the family of Russian immigrant Vasiliy Mironov and Englishwoman Kathleen Rogers. Her father belong to an aristocratic Russian family, his father, Pyotr Vasilievich, was an engineer in the Imperial Russian Army under Nicholas II, serving in London. When the Revolution began, none of the Mironovs accepted the new regime, so they stayed in the foggy town of Albion.
In order to settle in England, after his father’s death, Vasiliy Mironov changed his name to Basil Mirren, and his daughter Elena Mironova became Helen Mirren. Helen is extremely proud of her Russian origins and loves to joke about it sometimes: «I’m half Russian, and I mean that on the lower half...», she said at the awards ceremony at MIFF-13.Helen’s mother didn’t think it was necessary to familiarize her daughter with Russian culture, that’s why the actress never learned her father’s mother tongue, she only knows a couple of commonly used phrases. Helen is not the family’s only child – she has an older sister named Katherine and a younger brother named Peter.