Helen Mirren Is Done Playing 'The Queen', But She Has Signed Up For Another Royal Role, 'Catherine The Great'

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Helen Mirren, a woman with imperial ambitions and an Oscar-winning actress, will play another monarch in a new historical mini-series. This time, she has signed up to portray 'Catherine the Great.'

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What about the plot?

Of course, the plot will revolve around Catherine II, Empress of Russia, who did not only assume power after her husband but also made every effort to raise the prestige of the country. In addition to reform activities, the series will touch upon Catherine II's passionate romance with Grigory Potemkin.

Chatting with Simon Mayo at the BBC.

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Mirren’s comments.

Actually, it was the Queen star who came up with this idea because she has always wanted to play such a powerful and strong-minded woman. Helen says:

I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power.

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Indeed, being fiercely intelligent and instinctive, the 72-year-old is just perfect for this role. As a matter of fact, this will not be the first time Mirren plays a monarch. She’d transformed into a queen on three occasions and even won the best actress Oscar for the incredible portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen. There’s no doubt, she will nail this part as well.

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No stranger to Russia

Besides, Helen, whom the whole world knows as the British actress, has Russian roots. Her grandfather, Pyotr Mironov, was an imperial colonel and diplomat. But after the Revolution of 1917, he had to emigrate from Russia to London. Later, the entire family anglicized their names.

The four-part drama will begin filming in 2018, will air in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2019, and then will be broadcast all over the world.

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