Belfast Telegraph

Helen Mirren: Be bold!

Dame Helen Mirren was a bit disappointed after a fortune teller revealed she wouldn't find fame until later in her life.

The 69-year-old has embodied a whole range of characters on the big screen over the years, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 movie The Queen to agent Victoria Winslow in Red.

With her star status Helen isn't surprised people find her unapproachable, but she tries to see the silver lining of such a reputation.

"Sometimes being intimidating is an advantage although it gets me into trouble once in a while. But if you don't worry too much about how others perceive you, you can live with more freedom," she explained to British Hello! magazine. "I believe that if you want to go make your mark on the world you've got to go out and do it. Don't be shy, be adventurous.

"I was insecure in my 20s and only gradually learnt how the world works. I had to go through tough experiences before I really understood myself and how to play the game to get ahead."

Despite her fame, Helen still gets nervous on the first day of a set, right up until the moment they begin filming.

As she gets older, the star has a different way of thinking about things and has become less selfish. She even finds ageing "pretty cool" and still remembers when she learnt about her impending fame.

"I saw a fortune teller in my early 20s who predicted I would have success in my late 40s. And that's what happened. Of course, when I heard that it would take me some time to make my mark, I was a bit disappointed," she smiled.

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