+ What can one say about Helen Mirren that has already not been said? Among the most desired females in history, maybe? Mirren is a seductress that continues to charm audiences world wide.
She radiates a smoldering very earthy sexiness behind that proper, and very gorgeous facade. She is a modern day Nell Gwynn. Flying in the face of conventional believes her sex appeal among her fans has only increased with age.
She is a modern goddess and sex incarnate, a lady who can play a whore, sexual yet chaste. A body that is desired but real. She has been a sex symbol for generations before and generations to come, Helen Mirren.
Mirren remains unique among her peers for embracing her sexuality but never flaunting it. A very talented actress, Mirren only recently, while nearing her 70s, swore off appearing in the any further. Which, given her rather lofty position in not only Hollywood but the world of film, is quite unique indeed.
The contradiction of Mirren is further enhanced by her theatrical training by Royal Shakespeare Company. The London born Mirren has enjoyed success on both the stage and continues to this day taking on new roles on the stage.
Helen Mirren’s beginnings, courtesy of Wikipedia:
She was born Helen Lydia Mironoff at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, west London, the daughter of Kathleen “Kitty” Alexandrina Eva Matilda (née Rogers; 1909–1996) and Vasily Petrovich Mironoff (1913–1980). Her mother was English and her father was Russian, originally from Kuryanovo, Smolensk Oblast. Mirren’s paternal grandfather, Colonel Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov, was in the Imperial Russian Army and fought in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War. He later became a diplomat and was negotiating an arms deal in Britain when his family and he were stranded by the Russian Revolution. The former diplomat became a London cab driver to support his family and settled down in England.
His son, Helen’s father, anglicised the family name to Mirren in the 1950s and changed his name to Basil Mirren. He played the viola with the London Philharmonic before World War II and later drove a taxi cab and was a driving-test examiner, before becoming a civil servant with the Ministry of Transport. Mirren’s mother was a working-class Londoner from West Ham, East London, and was the 13th of 14 children born to a butcher whose own father had been the butcher to Queen Victoria.
Mirren considers her upbringing to have been “very anti-monarchist”. Mirren was the second of three children; she was born three years after her older sister, Katherine (“Kate”; born 1942), and also had a younger brother, Peter Basil (1948–2002). Mirren was brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.