Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Helen's the Prime Suspect at Palace

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Helen's the Prime Suspect at Palace

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Byline: By Helen William

Prime Suspect star Helen Mirren was invested as a dame at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday and said: "It is just the greatest theatre I have ever been in."

Dame Helen, 58, received her honour from the Prince of Wales.

She said: "It was just lovely. I just felt my mouth go ever so slightly dry. I just thought `don't be so silly'.

"I am incredibly proud. I am amazed. I never thought I would be asked."

Dame Helen was born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff and is the daughter of an exiled Russian aristocrat.

A stalwart of stage and screen for years, she received Oscar nominations for the Madness Of King George in 1994 and for Gosford Park in 2001. She also appeared in this year's hit film Calendar Girls.

She was joined at the ceremony by her husband Taylor Hackford, her sister Kate Mirren and her niece Natalie Fitzgerald.

Alec Stewart, 40, England's Test legend and veteran wicket keeper, collected an OBE.

"It has been brilliant. …

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