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Helen Mirren Wrote To The Queen Before Acting Out ‘Profoundly Painful’ Part Of Her Life

Helen Mirren has revealed that she reached out to Queen Elizabeth II before portraying a profoundly painful part of the monarchs life in the 2006 film The Queen.

The movie centers around the queens handling of Princess Dianas death. The monarch was criticized at the time for remaining at her home in Balmoral with Princes William and Harry instead of immediately returning to London to pay tribute to the Princess of Wales.I said We are doing this film. We are investigating a very difficult time in your life. I hope its not too awful for you Mirren told the Radio Times in this weeks issueI can not remember how I put it. I just said that in my research I found myself with a growing respect for her and I just wanted to say that the actor added.She did not write back of course but her secretary did Mirren said. You know Yours sincerely da di da di da on behalf of the Queen. I was very relieved subsequently that I had written that letter.

Helen Mirren accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role award for The Queen at the Academy Awards on Feb. 25, 2007. Prior to taking on the role for which Mirren won her first Oscar the actor said that she also found a way to make peace with her portrayal of a living monarch. She said it had not been done before as this was long before The Crown.I thought Are you allowed to do that? I looked at portraits when I did the 2005 drama series Elizabeth I and thought What I am doing is another portrait Mirren reasoned.And there are so many portraits of Elizabeth II paintings and photographs this is mine she added. That liberated me.Olivia Coleman who played Queen Elizabeth II in Netflixs hit historical drama The Crown has spoken about the challenges of portraying living members of the British royal family as she has run into the royals at select events.


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