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Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Golden Globe®, Emmy® and BAFTA®-winning British actress Dame Helen Mirren has entertained audiences for four decades. Helen has starred as a woman who bares it all in Calendar Girls and as a housekeeper in Gosford Park—but she is perhaps best known for playing queens, a role she has mastered five times over. In 2007, Mirren took home the Best Actress Oscar statuette for her royal performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.
In The Last Station, Mirren ditches the crown to play Sofya Tolstoy, wife to Russian literary icon Leo Tolstoy. The film documents the final months of Tolstoy's life and his decision to leave his literary catalogue to the Russian people, which angers his emotional wife. Mirren's character fights her husband's decision with dramatic outbursts, manipulation and threats.