Mirren first played Britain's ruling monarch in the 2006 movie "The Queen," for which she won an Academy Award. She later won an Olivier Award for her stage incarnation of the character in "The Audience."
Before the actress first donned Elizabeth Windsor's famously conservative attire, she played an assortment of monarchs on stage during her lengthy theatrical career. Here's a look back at some of Mirren's royal stage roles, many of which were Shakespearean monarchs.
"Antony and Cleopatra": Mirren has revisited the role of ancient Egypt's most famous queen a number of times throughout her stage career. As a young unknown, she played the role in 1965 in a production at the Old Vic. Her performance in a 1982 staging by the Royal Shakespeare Co., opposite Michael Gambon, was celebrated, but a 1998 production with
"Macbeth": As the plotting wife of the play's royal usurper, Mirren made a splash in a 1974 RSC staging by Trevor Nunn that paired her with actor Nicol Williamson, with whom she didn't get along, according to some accounts.
"Henry VI, Parts I, II and III": Mirren played Queen Margaret opposite the late Alan Howard in a 1977 production by the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon that later transferred to London. Both Howard and Gambon would later co-star with Mirren in the controversial movie "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" in 1989.
"Phedre": Mirren played the wife of Theseus, king of Athens, in a revival of Jean Racine's play set in mythological Greece. The 2009 National Theatre production co-starred a relatively unknown