Starring role as Tinseltown honours Mirren

British actress Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen, has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Starring role as Tinseltown honours Mirren

The 67-year-old saw her star unveiled in front of the Pig ’N Whistle, one of Tinseltown’s historic pubs, on Hollywood Boulevard.

American playwright David Mamet and US director Jon Turteltaub attended the event.

Mamet just directed Mirren in an as yet untitled HBO film about American rock producer Phil Spector, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2009 after being convicted of murdering a one-time actress. In the film, which co-stars Al Pacino as Spector and is expected to air later this year, Mirren plays the producer’s lawyer.

Born in 1945 in the London suburbs, Mirren began her career on stage and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She first appeared in films in the 1960s, tackling all genres from historical drama to musical comedy to action.

She took home an Oscar in 2007 for Best Actress for her work in The Queen — a role for which she also won a Bafta and a Golden Globe. Mirren has earned three other Oscar nominations.

Since then, she has appeared in spy thrillers, The Debt, and Red, and currently stars in Hitchcock as the famed director’s wife Alma — a role for which she has again been nominated for a Golden Globe.

On television, she is best known for her work as Detective Jane Tennison on Prime Suspect — a role that has earned her three Emmys.

She joked about her plaque’s positioning next to that of King’s Speech actor Colin Firth as she received the 2,488th star yesterday.

Mirren — who was accompanied to the ceremony by husband Taylor Hackford and his two sons — said: “I couldn’t be prouder and more happy that I’m actually going to finally lie next to Colin Firth, something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time!”

Mirren joked her star was “good” for the monarchy.

“Well I’m very pleased and proud and I think it’s very good for the British monarchy that here on Hollywood Boulevard, the king and the queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history.”

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