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article imageDame Helen Mirren: 'Queen' of the BAFTAs, Fellowship recipient

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 17, 2014 in Entertainment
London - Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren was awarded a prestigious BAFTA Fellowship award at this year's awards ceremony that was held in London's Royal Opera House.
She was presented this coveted award by Prince William. Ironically enough, she had played his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2008, in the major motion picture The Queen, for which she won the Academy Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role."
"Please welcome to the stage, Dame Helen Mirren," Prince William stated, prior to earning a well-deserved standing ovation from her peers in the audience.
In her moving acceptance speech, Dame Helen remarked, "Thank you so much. Thank you. I just want to blow a kiss to my husband who cannot be here tonight. He is such a great supporter, Taylor. My journey to this place, right here right now, began with a great teacher, Alice Welding, who died just two weeks ago, at the age of 102. She revealed to me the power of literature and she recognized my need to live in that world of imagination. That world of poetry. She alone, was the person who encouraged me to become an actor. I am standing up here thanking Mrs. Welding and all the great teachers who have inspired the many creative people sitting here in this beautiful room."
She subsequently asked her fellow actors in the audience if they were ever inspired by teachers, where the majority of them placed their hands up. "That's a lot of teachers," Dame Helen acknowledged, and she inspired the room of actors to give them all a round of applause.
Her "teachers" included directors, producers, costumer designers, make-up artists, caterers, writers, drivers, as well as the other brilliant and hard-working people that it takes to make any film. "I thank you all, all of you in my past. It's been an amazing journey up to now," she said.
The veteran actress concluded her eloquent speech with a quote from William Shakespeare's The Tempest and shared, "My little life is rounded with this honor. Thank you very much indeed."
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