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Friday 27 March 2015

Helen Mirren reveals waitress past

Helen Mirren revealed she used to work as a waitress in Brighton
Helen Mirren revealed she used to work as a waitress in Brighton

Helen Mirren has revealed she could relate to her latest film role as a tea shop worker in Brighton - because she used to work as a waitress in the town in real life.

The Queen actress stars in Brighton Rock, which depicts clashes between the mods and rockers in the 1960s.

"My auntie had a bed and breakfast in Brighton, so actually when I was about 16 I worked as a waitress in her bed and breakfast serving the breakfast," she revealed at the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I worked as a waitress in Brighton, funnily enough now I'm running a tea shop in the film."

She added she was a big fan of the seaside resort.

"I know Brighton pretty well, it's a beautiful, beautiful city and it's got very much its own character," she said.

"I spent a wonderful summer in Brighton and I've never forgotten it. It's a great, not rough, slightly funky, louche town. It's got a very strong character."

The film, directed by Rowan Joffe, also stars John Hurt, Sam Riley, Andy Serkis and Andrea Riseborough.

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