Helen Mirren
Helen was born as Ilyena Lydia Mironoff on July 26th 1945, in London, England.

Helen began her acting career with Britain's National Youth Theatre, and then with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has always taken on consistently challenging parts.

She and Malcolm McDowell had appeared in a film together before Caligula. 1973's "Oh Lucky Man" featured Helen as Patricia and Malcolm as Mick Travis.

Caligula was Helen's 8th feature film, and was seen as a risk by alot of her fans at the time.   However, Helen has always been attracted to  unusual and provocative acting roles.

As mentioned above, Helen was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1994 film, "The Madness of King George".
The video box cover for Helen's 1980 feature, "Hussy".
Promo still for Helen's made for TV movie, "Losing Chase", which premiered in 1996..
Promo picture of Helen from the making of Caligula.
                            added November 28th 2001
Helen Mirren and Teresa Ann Savoy
After Caligula is terrified by the thought of Gemellus killing him, he is comforted by Caesonia and Drusilla.
Scenes from the 1969 film by Michael Powell, "Age of Consent", which takes place in Australia, and features Helen as an "Island Child". She was playing a minor, but was actually 24 years old!
Thanks to Caligula site fan Tashayar for properly identifying this set of pictures. These pix are from Helen's 1972 film, "Savage Messiah". It's cool that an actress like Helen is not inhibited to act in the nude, or as in Caligula, the semi-nude.
Helen gets 2nd nomination for an Academy Award!

At the 74th Annual Academy Awards, held on March 24th 2002, Helen Mirren was nominated for her first award, as Best Supporting Actress in the Movie, "Gosford Park". Helen looked great, as the picture belows testifies! Gosford Park was nominated for 8 awards, but did not win any. But I still think that it was great that Helen was nominated, thats a start.

This was Helen's second nomination, I was just at the Official Oscars site, and she was nominated in 1995 for the 1994 movie, "The Madness of King George", as best actress in a supporting role. That is so cool! Hopefully she will keep the great work up and win an Academy one of these days.
Helen, at the 74th Annual Academy Awards