‘Nun’ Helen Mirren

Dame Helen MirrenHelen Mirren is living ”like a nun” during her Broadway stint.

The 69-year-old actress – who is married to director Taylor Hackford – portrays Queen Elizabeth in The Audience and admits performing on stage every day takes its toll on her.

She said: ”I can’t talk too much. I have to save my voice. The stage takes so much out of you. Theater performances can be tiring. I’m living like a nun. I never go out.”

As well as portraying the monarch on stage – in a production she previously starred in on London’s West End – the veteran star also played her in 2006 movie The Queen, and starred as the titular ruler in miniseries Elizabeth I and King George III’s wife Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in The Madness of King George but insists she has no plans for any more royal roles.

She told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: ”I must stop playing queens. I’ve done a hundred films and other things, but that seems to be what everyone remembers me for. I’m about to do ‘Trumbo,’ a movie where I play Hedda Hopper, the old-time Hollywood gossip columnist.”

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