Helen Mirren Receiving 2021 SAG Life Achievement Award

by Keeli Parkey
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Helen Mirren, one of the most respected and versatile actresses in the world, has been chosen to receive the 2021 SAG Life Achievement Award.

It is a well-deserved honor for a performer who can act in dramas, comedies, and action films. And, in addition to all her film work, the 76-year-old is also an acclaimed stage actress. When she isn’t entertaining audiences, Mirren also dedicates her time to philanthropic efforts.

Oh, and she has also been appointed as a dame by Queen Elizabeth II of England. She received this honor in 2003. Mirren was born in London in 1945.

According to Variety, Dame Helen Mirren is the 57th individual to receive this honor from the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG).

“Dame Helen Mirren is quite simply a brilliant and luminous talent. Her work runs the gamut of characters from a not-so-retired CIA super-killer and a ruthless Russian spy handler to a Hungarian cleaning lady and the most exquisite Elizabeth II. She has set the bar very high for all actors and, in role after role, she exceeds even her own extraordinary performances,” Fran Drescher, president of the SAG-AFTRA, said.

While the award she will receive is the most prestigious given by SAG, it will not be the first of them for Mirren. She has won five SAG Awards. Thanks to this number of SAG wins, Mirren will be the SAG Life Achievement honoree with the highest number of the awards.

Helen Mirren Has Won and Oscar and a Tony for Playing Queen Elizabeth II

Helen Mirren’s acting awards don’t stop with SAG Awards, though. According to IMDb, she won an Academy Award for “The Queen” in 2007. She played Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren has also won three Emmy Awards. Two of these were for playing the popular character of Jane Tennison in the “Prime Suspect” series.

She has also received a Tony Award, a BAFTA Fellowship Award, and other BAFTA Awards. Interestingly, her Tony Award was for playing Queen Elizabeth II again. This time in the play, “The Audience,” according to Playbill.

Helen Mirren’s philanthropic efforts also led to her receiving the SAG Life Achievement Award. She works with both the organization SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, as well as Meals on Wheels.

Helen Mirren is very happy to receive the 2021 SAG Life Achievement Award

“I am honored to have been chosen to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award. Since I was a young actor starting out, I have always been inspired by and learned from American screen acting, so this award is particularly meaningful for me,” the actress said in a statement.

Mirren is the first British actor to receive this award from SAG since icon Julie Andrews received the award in 2006. Other beloved performers who have also received this honor include Carol Burnett, Morgan Freeman, Alan Alda, Robert DeNiro, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Debbie Reynolds.

Mirren will receive her SAG honor on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The ceremony will air on TNT and CBS beginning at 8 p.m. (Eastern).