Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Helen Mirren’s Instagram account is here to make life better


Whether it’s schooling the world in how to join her as the ‘nastiest of nasty women’, or encouraging women in Hollywood to throw out the sexist rule book and audition for more interesting ‘male’ roles, Helen Mirren can always be relied upon to bring sense, wit and empowering wisdom to any situation.

Which is why news that she’s just joined Instagram is so very welcome.

In a virtual world where selfies reign supreme and DIY airbrushing has become standard practice, a little more Mirren is something we all need.

In a remarkably stealth move, Dame Mirren shared her very first post two weeks ago - a selfie taken on the St Charles streetcar in New Orleans - managing to fly somewhat under the radar.

How did we not find it until now?

 Read more: Watch Helen Mirren shut down Parkinson in sexist 1975 interview

Since then, the actor has bossed Instagram, following just three privileged people - Ryan Reynolds, Emma Watson and Will Smith - while sharing throwbacks from her summer spent in New York, behind the scenes snaps from her Collateral Beauty press tour, and a host of impromptu selfies.

Yes, that’s Helen Mirren clutching a takeaway coffee and three rolls of festive wrapping paper, while taking a selfie outside of a convenience store.


Christmas starts. Hey ho.

A photo posted by @helenmirren on

She really has got this thing on lock down.

What might be most refreshing, however, is the actor’s choice of what she shares.

As in the real world, Mirren’s feed isn’t a curated series of heavily filtered images. Instead, she mixes the gritty with the glam.

Piercing the celebrity filter bubble, Mirren’s feed is a realistic window into the daily business of being a film star on tour, including team snaps captured in dowdy reception areas, busy subway rides, and what a wall of yelling photographers really looks like.

Read more: Helen Mirren has three pieces of career advice for young women everywhere

She even shares her excitement over newly refurbed London buses (“Who knew a bus could be sexy?”), and several snaps from a truly magical event called Santa Con.

But if all that wasn’t quite enough Mirren for you, here’s the cherry on top; the signature Helen Mirren power pose, done atop a hotel bed, with the brilliant caption ‘feeling lardy.’


Feeling lardy in the Crosby hotel

A photo posted by @helenmirren on

We told you this is what you needed.


The team on my way to the Graham Norton show.

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


I am loving the new route master bus in London. Who knew a bus could be sexy.

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


Doing the thing we do.

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


Working for Collateral Beauty with my mates

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


Elves looking for Santa on the 6 train.

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


The crew at pinewood studios take Christmas seriously!

A video posted by @helenmirren on


PS not real fur!

A photo posted by @helenmirren on


helen mirren.jpg

Helen Mirren has three pieces of career advice for young women

zsa zsa gabor quote.jpg

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s most memorable quotes on life, love and independence

mariah carey james corden christmas karaoke.jpg

James Corden unveils surprise star-studded Christmas Carpool Karaoke


The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Amanda Seyfried’s new abode to Jessica Chastain’s feline friend

by Nicola Colyer
17 Oct 2017

Jennifer Lawrence was forced into a naked line-up by a producer

In the name of weight-loss “inspiration”

by Amy Swales
17 Oct 2017

Abigail Breslin’s photo reveals how domestic abuse can stay with you

The actor has opened up about the realities of living with PTSD

17 Oct 2017

“Why Liar is proof that TV's depiction of rape is damaging to women”

The proliferation of rape in TV and film is a real problem for the representation of women

by Harriet Hall
17 Oct 2017

Nigella Lawson reveals why red is the ultimate foodie colour

As she tracks her gastronomic love affair with all things crimson

by Stylist
17 Oct 2017

Reese Witherspoon says she was sexually assaulted at 16 by a director

“Producers made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment”

by Amy Swales
17 Oct 2017

Courtney Love tried to warn us about Harvey Weinstein in 2005

This video shows her speaking out against Weinstein over a decade ago

by Susan Devaney
17 Oct 2017

Hillary Clinton praises NHS after receiving medical treatment in UK

Clinton spoke about the UK’s health service during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show

by Moya Crockett
17 Oct 2017

Maisie Williams’ response to Sophie Turner’s engagement is perfect

There’s a reason these two have been dubbed #BFFgoals, you know…

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Oct 2017

America Ferrera reveals she was sexually assaulted as a 9-year-old

‘I believed that I was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man’

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Oct 2017