British actress Dame Helen Mirren has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. The 67-year-old becomes the 2,488th star to receive the accolade following her 40-year acting career, which has included an Oscar-winning performance in 2006’s The Queen.
After being introduced at the Walk of Fame by director and playwright, David Mamet, who recently collaborated with the actress on an upcoming biopic of music producer Phil Spector, Mirren admitted, “I really can’t believe it.”
“I’m going to finally lie next to Colin Firth – something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. I think it’s very good for the British monarchy that, here on Hollywood Boulevard, the King and the Queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history,” she continued, alluding to Firth’s Oscar-winning turn as King George in 2010 film, The King’s Speech.
“I am so very proud to be henceforth walked on upon, have fries dropped upon, maybe even be peed upon, by future generations of tourists, Angelinos and their dogs. But, please, no chewing gum.”
She went on to reveal her desire to go undercover to visit her star again: “I am going to have to come here tomorrow and have another look at it, when everybody is gone. People are just coming and going, I will be in disguise just standing here, leaning up against there.”
Mirren – who over the course of her career has received four Baftas, three Golden Globes, four Emmys and an Oscar – has recently been nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in upcoming flick, Hitchcock, playing the late director’s wife opposite Anthony Hopkins. She is currently re-uniting with Hopkins to film action-comedy Red 2 alongside Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta Jones and John Malkovich.