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Dame Helen Mirren accepts her Oscar
Dame Helen Mirren began her acting career in the 1960s on the stage.
She made her debut as the titular character in Cleopatra for the National Youth Theatre and by the late 1960s had joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1970, Helen had made such an impression that she was the focus of a documentary, Doing Her Own Thing, but she soon decided on a complete change of direction and decided to tour America and Africa with renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company Centre de Recherche Théâtral.
On her return to England, she moved to the West End where she starred in various productions with success, and then tried her luck in Hollywood.
Throughout the 1980s Dame Helen tried various big screen roles and her big break came in The Long Good Friday, but by the end of the decade she had returned to the stage - and in 1994 made her Broadway debut in A Month In The Country.
This role won Dame Helen her first Tony nomination, and that same year she won her first Academy Award nomination for The Madness of King George.
The English actress finally won her Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the film, The Queen, one of her most celebrated roles.
In 2003, Dame Helen received her damehood for services to the performing arts.