Helen Mirren has finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And Dame Helen wasn’t shy about gushing over the fact that her star is right next to that of fellow Brit, Colin Firth.
“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,” she said.
The 67-year-old Oscar winner’s star was the 2,488th since the Walk of Fame was established in 1958. Consisting of five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street, the Walk of Fame recognizes achievement in the entertainment industry.
“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,” Mirren said at the unveiling of her star.
Mirren portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film, The Queen, and won the Oscar for Best Actress. Firth played King George VI in 2010′s The King’s Speech, for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Mirren’s acting career began with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1960s. Some of her roles included Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida. She made her film debut in 1969′s Age of Consent.
During her career, she has played three British queens on stage and on the silver screen. In addition to playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, she also portrayed Elizabeth I in the 2005 television series Elizabeth and Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George. She is the only actress to have played both Queen Elizabeths.
Congratulates to Helen Mirren on her well-deserved achievement.
[Photo credit: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock]