Despite her many awards, untouchable regal image, and vaunted "Dame" status, Helen Mirren remains the year-old thespian you'd most like to grab a beer with. While the Oscar-winning actress is best known for having played various queens of England, by now it's no secret that the budding twerking enthusiast is, as she described herself in a recent Super Bowl ad , "a notoriously frank and uncensored British lady. But even though she's pretty much an open book in interviews and talk-show appearances, there's still plenty of lesser-known trivia you might not know about the Royal Shakespeare veteran and four-time Emmy winner. Let's take a closer look at this delightful badass. According to a New Yorker profile of the actress, her mother "was the thirteenth of fourteen children, a butcher's daughter whose grandfather had been the butcher to Queen Victoria. Years later, Mirren would earn an Oscar nomination for playing the author's wife in The Last Station. Mirren's early acting nickname was "Little Mother Russia" because of her heritage, but her family had a much weirder nickname. Like any great stage actress, Mirren has played in the same work a few times over the course of her career.
1. Her great-grandfather was a butcher for Queen Victoria
Helen Mirren poses completely naked in Age of Consent throwback video
After a lifetime of love scenes, Mirren has long since quit romping in the altogether but while the London-born actress plays a perky wife of a certain age in The Leisure Seeker she admits that her past on-screen nudity still haunts her. Mirren appeared naked in numerous films, including King Arthur adventure Excalibur, the notorious s sex romp Caligula and in the rather more restrained Calendar Girls. She even appeared topless at the age of 65 in Love Ranch. The couple, together since , married that year. A TV had been on set so that the American crew could watch the Super Bowl football game but they kept disappearing to watch TV long after the game had ended, Mirren recalls. And they all turn round and laugh.
Helen Mirren: Appearing nude in my earlier films still haunts me
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Like Cameron Diaz, Bullock waited until she reached her forties to strip for the camera — in the comedy "The Proposal. In an interview with Us magazine, she recalled thinking: "OK, there is no way to shoot this unless you are buck naked. After her provocative leg-crossing scene in the thriller "Basic Instinct," there was no way Stone could demur from shedding her clothes in "Basic Instinct 2," even though the sequel was made 14 years later. There's nothing gratuitous about the nudity in "The Sessions" , a moving yet lighthearted film about a middle-aged poet suffering from polio-induced paralysis who hires a sex surrogate in order to lose his virginity. Although her shower scene in Brian De Palma's thriller "Dressed to Kill" involved an obvious body double, Dickinson herself can sometimes be seen through the steam. Seymour refused to rely on a body double during the filming of the comedy "The Wedding Crashers. Some predicted that her performance in the highbrow porn flick "Caligula" would make Mirren blush when an uncut version was released three decades later.