Haunting: Dame Helen Mirren says she will never live up to her famous bikini shot. Millions of women around the world were left stunned after seeing a picture of Dame Helen Mirren in her bikini on holiday three years ago. But now the actress, 66, has come forward to admit that the famous shot will 'haunt' her for the rest of her life. The actress was snapped by a photographer on a beach in Italy on holiday and the pictures quickly cemented her reputation as a sex symbol.
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While Helen Mirren may be best known for her acting—the Academy Award winner has starred in several critically-acclaimed films, including Godsford Park, Trumbo, Calendar Girls, and The Queen— in , Dame Mirren went viral for a very different reason. She became something of a post mid-life sex symbol when members of the Italian paparazzi snapped a photo of her in a bikini on the beach. But Mirren never wanted the attention. In an interview with KTLA's Sam Rubin, the actress revealed she was just trying to "suck in her stomach and her cheeks to look good" for her husband, Taylor Hackford. I tried to suck my cheeks in. I tried to look
Helen Mirren the bikini queen reigns supreme at 63
In case you were keeping score, the over set is killing it this bikini season. She wears a bandeau white top with matching bottoms, showing off a seriously toned tummy and slender stems. Remember when Mirren broke the Internet when vacation photos of the thenyear-old surfaced showing her in an abs-baring red bikini?
It's not often that you see British royalty on the beach in a swimsuit, which is why this month's stunning pictures of Helen Mirren in a red bikini preparing for a dip in the Adriatic became the entertainment splash of the year. But how did a spot of sunbathing by the Oscar-winning star of The Queen lead to a picture story that went global? Only Mario Brenna, who took the pictures, and Jason Fraser, the famous London-based photographer and media syndicator, have the inside story. The pictures, which caused a sensation when they hit the British popular press on 16 July, were carefully planned by Brenna, who recently learned that Dame Helen and her husband — film director Taylor Hackford — had acquired a dilapidated castle in Puglia.