Cannes 2021: Festival veteran Helen Mirren on her prolific career
18 July 2021 | 1:55 pm
She was discovered playing a Shakespearean Cleopatra and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the current British monarch. But Helen Mirren's range extends far beyond regal roles: as the breakout star of Northern Ireland drama "Cal" and the spellbinding heroine of "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover".
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