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Helen Mirren Admits She's 'Terrified' To Play Queen On Stage

posted 5 Mar 2013, 14:23 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 5 Mar 2013, 14:24 ]

Helen Mirren reprises her role as Her Royal Majesty the Queen -- this time in stage production The Audience, saying she's 'terrified' about the role and was determined to turn it down.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM  (ITN) -  Dame Helen Mirren has admitted that initially she had doubts about once more playing the Queen on the London stage because "as an actor you want to go forward."

Six years after starring as the British monarch on film, in an Oscar-winning performance, Dame Helen is recreating the role in the stage production The Audience.

But the hardest thing about her role was, she said, matching up to the real thing.

"The ultimate challenge is that you can never ever be as good as the original," she said.

The play imagines a series ofimportant meetings between the Queen and the 12 Prime Ministers she has met in private on a weekly basis, from Winston Churchill to current British premier David Cameron.

The opening press night for the play is on Tuesday (March 5)