The 67 year old actress, who was born in the London suburb of Chiswick, Mirren won a best actress Academy Award in 2007 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen."
Mirren received her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of another queen, Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III in the 1994 film "The Madness of King George."
Her other Academy Award nominations were for her roles as a housekeeper in the 2001 mystery comedy-drama "Gosford Park" and the wife of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in the 2009 biographical drama "The Last Station."
Mirren's other honors include six Emmy nominations and two Emmys as outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for portrayal of Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the British series "Prime Suspect."
Mirren won two other Emmys in the category for her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in the 2005 HBO two-part miniseries "Elizabeth I" and novelist Ayn Rand in the Showtime made-for-television movie "The Passion of Ayn Rand."
Mirren can be currently seen in movie theaters in "Hitchcock," in which she portrays Hitchcock's wife, Alma, in a role that has brought her nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Other Mirren films include "Calendar Girls," "State of Play," "The Debt," "Caligula" and "The Long Good Friday."