10 Things We Love About Helen Mirren and Russell Brand

With their new comedy 'Arthur' hitting theatres April 8, we are reminded of everything we adore about the cheeky Brits.
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Two Peas In a Pod. 

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Helen moved in with director Taylor Hackford in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1997 that the two decided to tie the knot. Our favorite gal’s outlook on love is about as satisfying as her award-winning films.

“This is no bullsh*t: the reason I’m still with Taylor Hackford after all these years is because he supports me in my work, he’s proud of my successes and he’s sympathetic if things aren’t successful. If they aren’t, he’ll say, ‘F*** ’em darling! You were great.’ And I do likewise.”

Just Say No.

Helen Mirren

Back in the day, Helen would sometimes dip into cocaine whilst partying with her pals. The fun ended however when she discovered that the infamous Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, otherwise known as the Butcher of Lyon, was earning money in South America by living the life of a cocaine baron. Deeply repulsed at the thought of being connected in any shape or form to this horrible man, she quit the drug cold turkey. Now how many Hollywood stars can say that?

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BBC’s Prime Suspect.

Helen Mirren in 'Prime Suspect'

It’s rare to find a TV show that not only sucks you in and leaves you hungry for more, but also has a main character that isn’t overly glamorous or completely contrived. The early ‘90s television series Prime Suspect was like candy for crime-drama addicts. Helen couldn’t have been more perfect for the role of detective Jane Tennison. She collected three BAFTA awards for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994, and won an Emmy in 2007 when Prime Suspect: The Final Act aired on PBS.

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