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Mirren: don’t typecast the Brits

Dame Helen Mirren wants Hollywood to stop casting British actors as villains.

The actress (64) who won an Oscar for her starring role as the Queen in the 2006 film, also says Americans should know that Britons aren't “just the royal family”.

Dame Helen, who is about to appear as a female Prospero in a big screen adaptation of Shakespeare play The Tempest, said her British colleagues were an “easy target”.

Speaking at an event in Los Angeles to celebrate British success in Hollywood, she said: “I think it's rather unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British.

“We're such an easy target that they can comfortably make the Brits the villains.

“It's just nice to say we're not snooty, stuck up, malevolent, malignant creatures as we're so often portrayed. We're actually kind of cool and hip!”

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