Happy 71st birthday to Dame Helen Mirren! Throughout her career, she has entertained us with screen-grabbing roles in films including The Queen, Gosford Park, and The Last Station; but it's when the iconic star does the unexpected—like sucking helium with a late night host, admitting to a little schoolgirl crush on a certain action star, or taking public transportation—that her just-like-us appeal becomes downright irresistible!
When it comes to fashion and beauty, Mirren is a 10 out of 10. Now in her 70s, she's a stunner on the red carpet and still experiments with style. We were especially taken with the twirling gown and sleek hairdo she donned at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Not to mention, we love how the actress went against typical black-on-black New York street style when she stepped out in this brightly colored floral number while visiting the Big Apple.
To see her many stunning looks over the years, watch our transformation video below and then scroll through the Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress in photos below.
Born July 26, 1945, the gorgeous blond starred in one of her first films as a teenaged artist's muse in Age of Consent.
With her untamed mane of curls and kohl liner, Mirren played sexually charged roles in Hussy and the controversial Caligula. "It was like being well paid to visit a nudist colony," she once joked.
Mirren sported a very Princess Di sideswept shag while performing on the London stage in Invitation.
The actress's fame grew playing Detective Jane Tennison on the murder miniseries Prime Suspect. Her dangerous look included matte red lips, a sleek short cut and a new tattoo of a Native American symbol meaning "equal but opposite."
She wore a feathered hat she called "my bird's nest" to pick up her Golden Globe for Losing Chase. Joan Rivers and others panned the look, causing Mirren to quip, "I'm going to wear garbage bags from now on."
The Gosford Park star sported a short crop with piecey fringe for the BAFTAs.
A bona fide sex symbol after her bare-it-all role in Calendar Girls, Mirren hit the Golden Globes with curly tendrils and bold crimson lipstick.
"Who has ever played the two Elizabeths in a lifetime, let alone in the same year?" asked the regal star of The Queen and Elizabeth II. Away from the palace(s), she wore her crowning glory in a retro pompadour.
The actress had every reason for radiance-over the course of the year, she scooped up an Oscar, an Emmy and a pair of Golden Globes.
With her sleek platinum bob, soft smoky eyes and full fuchsia lips, the Red lead is hotter than ever.
Mirren wore her silver strands in a sleek updo at the Golden Globes.
Mirren flattered her features with soft, natural shades at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The actress showed off her sparkling diamonds with a face-framing updo.
The red carpet star paired her coral blush with a bright pink lipstick.
Upon arriving at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere for Eye in the Sky, Mirren's hair and makeup were perfectly on-point.
Mirren, with her hair cut into a choppy-chic bob, looked gorgeous while attending the U.K. premiere of Eye In The Sky in London.