Helen Mirren is an A-list actress who is known all over the globe. Mirren’s ascent to stardom was not a smooth one; the actress, best known for her role in “The Long Good Friday,” did not achieve widespread recognition until she was 40 years old. However, from the beginning of her four-decade-long career in cinema and television, Mirren has been honored with a great number of honours.
According to Looper, three of the award-winning actress’s most important roles include her portrayal of Ayn Rand in “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” her role as Queen Charlotte in “The Madness of King George,” and her role as Leo’s wife Sofya in “The Last Station.” All three of these roles were featured in “The Passion of Ayn Rand.”
After playing Queen Elizabeth II in the film “The Queen,” which was released in 2006, Mirren gained recognition all around the world. The acclaimed actress is the first person to win acting’s Triple Crown in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
In addition, Mirren was honored with an Academy Award and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for her work in the film “The Queen.” She also received an Emmy and a BAFTA Television Award for her role as Jane Tennison in the television series “Prime Suspect,” as well as a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance onstage in the play “The Audience.”
The actress was presented with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 2013, which celebrated her extensive career; nevertheless, this is not the end of the actress’s list of honours. Mirren was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) for Life Achievement when she was 77 years old.
Mirren has had a long and successful career as an actress, and throughout that time she has come into contact with many men who have caused her heart to race. One of these people is the Oscar-winning actor Liam Neeson, who she got to know while working on the film “Excalibur” together.
In spite of the fact that they had declared their love for one another, the two ended up drifting apart over time but continued to be excellent friends after they had married their respective spouses. In spite of the passage of time and the fact that they are no longer together, Mirren has admitted that Neeson is still a significant figure in her life.
Mirren and Neeson first collaborated on the film “Excalibur” in 1981, which is also when they first met each other. Neeson did not hold back when it came to openly expressing his appreciation to Mirren. In an interview with CBS News, the actor of “Taken” said that Mirren was the one who assisted him in finding an agency in the very beginning, long before he achieved success in the field. Neeson, at the time, was gushing about his love for Mirren and said the following about their relationship:
“I couldn’t help but fall for Helen Mirren. Oh my God. Can you see yourself riding horses while wearing glittering sets of armor, engaging in sword battles and other fun activities while simultaneously falling in love with Helen Mirren? He remarked that point that “it doesn’t get much better than that.”
When they appeared as guests on “The Graham Norton Show” in 2018, both of them did so jointly. During their appearance, Neeson expressed his gratitude to Norton for the “fortunate” opportunity to have lived with Norton for four years in the early 1980s.
In 1994, Liam Neeson gave an interview in which he discussed how he felt about Helen Mirren when the two of them were dating. “She was such a hot babe. I was like, “Oh my goodness, that’s Helen Mirren!” She was stunning from a distance as much as up close. Just so human; I fell in love with this incredible human being,” he said to The New York Times. “Just so human.” “I had a crush on her.”
In the same interview with the journal, Mirren revealed the reason why she and Neeson ended their relationship.
“It must have been difficult for him to live in my shadow,” Mirren said. “Not only was I wealthy, but I was also a well-known figure. I got the impression from Liam that it was high time for him to go out from under my protection and become more independent. He did it with a great deal of sophistication and poise. We had a deep affection for one another. It was difficult to let go of it.”
Mirren is continuing to make a splash in the business and has no intentions to slow down any time in the near future. The multi-talented actress has been cast in a number of upcoming projects, including the upcoming Paramount+ miniseries “1923,” the biographical drama “Golda,” which is based on the life of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” in which she will play the role of the Greek goddess Hespera.
Mirren revealed to AARP in 2016 that she formerly dreaded aging but that she now finds the beauty in getting older. This is despite the fact that the actress is aging in a beautiful manner.
Mirren is quoted as saying that “the finest thing about being over 70 is being over 70.” “At the age of 45, the thought of reaching the age of 70 was enough to make me exclaim, “Argh!” However, in life, you only have two choices: die early or grow old. There is nothing else that can be said. The concept of passing away at the age of 25, as James Dean did, is sort of intriguing and maybe a little bit romantic. But then you come to the conclusion that life is just too exciting for you to do that.”
Mirren, who has been married to her husband Taylor Hackford for the last 25 years, reminisced about her passion for her ex-boyfriend Liam Neeson, who is now a close friend, in a piece that was just published by the same magazine.
Mirren stated that the “terrible” outfits she used to make were later given as presents to significant people in her life, and she praised the “artist’s animal nature” of the practice, saying that she finds it “very amazing.” Mirren also revealed that she used to make her own shoes. Every one of my exes was required to have a shirt that I had created for them.
She went on to describe that Neeson, in addition to her husband Hackford and the stage actor Peter O’Toole, also had a shirt with their initials on it.
Strange as it may seem, I did create one for Liam. We had a deep affection for one another. Despite the fact that our paths were never intended to cross in that manner, our love for one another was immense. Even now, I adore him with all my heart. “He is such an incredible human being,” Mirren said.