Helen Mirren keeps Oscar on stairs

Dame Helen MirrenHelen Mirren keeps her Academy Award on the stairs.

The 69-year-old actress – who won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 movie The Queen – has admitted she keeps the prestigious award in an unusual place at her London home.

Speaking on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she said: ”I keep my Academy Award on the stairs actually, in my house in London; half-way up the stairs.”

Despite her many successes in her career – including two Golden Globe wins and a BAFTA Academy Fellowship – Helen feels as though it is hard for women to earn a living through acting.

She said: ”I’ve been lucky, but if you look at any drama it’s still five-to-one men to women. There are a few women in main roles and although it’s changing it’s still difficult for most to earn a living. Many I grew up with are immensely talented yet can’t. It’s much easier for men.”

The Hundred-Foot Journey star also denied the ”insanely and outrageously wrong” reports that she is one of the highest-paid actresses.

She added: ”What else can you do but laugh, so long as the taxman doesn’t take it seriously.”

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