Dame Helen Mirren delivers the alternative Christmas message we all need this year

Enjoy some festive words from British acting royalty...

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In just two days it’ll be Christmas Day and with it the Queen’s annual festive message. It’s often a directive filled with hope and goodwill but even her Maj must concede that 2016 has been a year to forget.

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And while we’re sure she’s all good and ready to broadcast to the nation, perhaps she could take some last minute tips from Dame Helen Mirren? The actress – who famously bagged an Oscar for playing HRH in 2006 film The Queen – has recorded her own alternative Christmas message to round off a year that’s been – in her words – “a big pile of s**t”.

With the national anthem playing in the background, Mirren put on her best RP to muse on this time of “celebration and togetherness” at the close of a calamitous 12 months – and to shoehorn in a big old plug for her new film…

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“My advice to you is drink responsibly and be merry, have a very Happy Christmas but above all, go and see Collateral Beauty out on Boxing Day.” Cheers, Dame Helen.