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Helen Mirren was ‘wary’ about Damehood

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren has revealed she was wary about becoming a Dame.
Helen Mirren.

The 69-year-old star, who played Queen Elizabeth in The Queen, told the Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine: “I was kind of ambivalent about it because I’ve always seen myself as slightly on the outside or the edge of things.

“In Britain, a Damehood is very much being welcomed by the establishment… so I was a bit wary.

“To me, actors shouldn’t be too establishment. Our job is to be sort of anti-establishment.”

Mirren, who features in the film The Hundred-Foot Journey, said her father and Russian ancestors would have been “incredibly proud”.

“So, I took it for that reason and I did feel embarrassingly proud about it,” she said.

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