Helen Mirren, 75, transforms into a sloppy cleaning lady in the trailer for the upcoming movie The Duke
She is a much loved Oscar winning actress known for her roles in The Queen, The Madness Of King George and many others.
And Helen Mirren, 75, threw away any sign of glamour, including her platinum locks and typically dewy makeup look, as she morphed into a disheveled cleaner Dorothy Bunton in the trailer for her upcoming movie The Duke.
The British actress – who stars in the dramatic comedy alongside Jim Broadbent (who plays Kempton Bunton) – was dressed in shabby, old-fashioned clothes when she played her part for the film’s teaser.
New role: Helen Mirren, 75, dropped any sign of glamor as she transformed into dowdy cleaner Dorothy Bunton in the trailer of her upcoming movie The Duke alongside Jim Broadbent
Helen’s usually shiny platinum locks were dulled to a soft gray hue, while her eyes were shielded by old-fashioned glasses.
The actress was dressed in vintage style blouses and sombre cardigans with floral skirts and chunky ankle boots for outdoor scenes.
While at home with her on-screen husband, Helen wore a long pinafore dress over a plain blouse as she knit.
About her participation in The Duke, she said: ‘The whole story surprised me. You’d want to take it with a grain of salt if it wasn’t all true.
Another look: The British actress was dressed in dowdy, old-fashioned clothes when she stepped into the character for the film’s teaser (pictured right in 2020)
Stepping into character: The actress was dressed in vintage-style blouses and somber cardigans for out-and-over scenes
‘I loved the charm of the script; it was sweet and very endearing. I love the sixties, it was a more naive, innocent time.
‘Dorothy is the practical one, who is the woman so often in the family; she keeps the family going. Kempton is the dreamer, but in many ways he is very dedicated and courageous.
‘We must get a leaf not only from Kempton’s book, but also from Dorothy’s – dreaming is all right, but you still have the bills to pay! So let’s hear it for the practical people in life too.
“When you’re playing an old married couple, it’s very important for the audience to believe that relationship. With Jim I slipped into the role of his wife very easily, there was no effort on my part.”
Dull: Helen’s usually glossy platinum locks were dulled to a soft gray hue, while her eyes were shielded by dated glasses (pictured right in 2020)
All wrapped up: Helen wore floral skirts and semi-opaque tights with chunky ankle boots
Helen also spoke of the film’s director, Roger Michell, when she said, “The nature of the story portrayed in the film is very similar to Roger – it has his gentleness, his great sense of humor and his wise acceptance of life.
‘The material and the man himself really merge and that shows in the way he works on set.’
The Duke is a touching true story about a man determined to lead a meaningful life.
Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first and still the only theft in the history of the Gallery.
Calm: While at home with her on-screen husband, Helen wore a long pinafore dress over a plain blouse while knitting
Kempton then sent ransom notes stating that he would only return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in caring for the elderly, notably drawing attention to his long-running campaign for retirees to get free television.
What happened next is the stuff of legends. It wasn’t until 50 years later that the full story came out and it was revealed that Kempton had spun a web of lies.
The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve this is a wonderfully uplifting tale to be seen on film for the first time. .
Soon! The film will be released nationwide in UK cinemas on September 3, 2021
Starring Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, The Duke is directed by Bafta winner Roger Michell (of Notting Hill fame) from a screenplay by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.
The uplifting dramatic comedy had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year, where it received critical acclaim.
The Duke is a Pathé, Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire presentation of a Neon Films Production.
Nicky Bentham is the producer and the executive producers are Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Peter Scarf and Christopher Bunton.
The film will be released in UK cinemas nationwide on September 3, 2021.