Helen Mirren's Walk of Fame star 'good for the monarchy'

Dame Helen Mirren gets her star.
Dame Helen Mirren gets her star. Bang Showbiz

DAME Helen Mirren joked her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was "good for the monarchy" at a ceremony on Thursday (03.01.13).

The 67-year-old actress - who won an Academy award for her portrayal of Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' - joked about her plaque's positioning next to that of 'King's Speech' actor Colin Firth as she received the 2,488th star on Thursday.

Helen - who was accompanied to the ceremony by husband Taylor Hackford and his two sons - said: "I couldn't be prouder and more happy that I'm actually going to finally lie next to Colin Firth, something I've been wanting to do for a very long time!

"Well I'm very pleased and proud and I think it's very good for the British monarchy that here on Hollywood Boulevard, the king and the queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history."

Writer-and-director David Mamet introduced the 'Hitchcock' star to the crowd, heaping praise on her acting abilities.

He said: "Helen's performances reap higher praise than being praised, they're loved.

"And by one who's had the absolute kick of working with her, I want to say as Rupert Brooke said, somewhere there will be a little piece of foreign ground that is always a bit of England, and that's right there."

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