The Essential Helen Mirren Films

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Helen Mirren films…

So recently a new trailer dropped for Winchester, the upcoming horror film starring Dame Helen Mirren. That seems like a good time to take a look at the essential Helen Mirren. A British Icon, Mirren has been working since the 60’s and has an array of cult films under her belt, as well as a consistent recognition from the major awards. Never less than stellar, Mirren is an inspiration to aspiring actors. She’s successfully jumped between indie, arthouse and mainstream, across several continents. She’s not just recognised in her native Britain, but has a solid reputation in the States too.

So here, is my essential Helen Mirren films:

Excalibur

John Boorman’s definitive film version of the King Arthur legend (note to Guy Ritchie, yours isn’t the definitive I’m afraid). This grandiose, dark and grimy (if flawed
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