How much is Helen Mirren worth?
|Net Worth:||$100 Million
|Date of Birth:||Jul 26, 1945 (age 76)|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
About Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is an Academy Award winning actress who has straddled the line between action-heroine and the saving grace of independent cinema for most of her career. Though she didn’t become a part of the Hollywood elite until she was in her fifties, the actress has been turning in award winning roles since the 1970s. Having seemingly gone through a typical actress’ career in reverse, as she was acting in period dramas at the start of her tenure as an actor, she is now wrecking havoc in Fast and Furious movies at over 70 years old.
Mirren, despite her prestige and notoriety of a classy high-caliber actress, jumped on board with the crew of the Fast and Furious franchise. Despite how kitsch a movie franchise like that would seem to an actress of her stature, those movies have become so popular and there’s too much money in it to turn it down.
Mirren had starred in several movies made for television and theatrical movies with microscopic budgets at the beginning of her career, but despite those films’ varying degrees of quality, there was one constant throughout all of them, which was the vibrant on-screen talent of Mirren.
It’s through virtually unknown films like Excalibur and Hussy that scored Mirren leading roles alongside the likes of Harrison Ford in The Mosquito Coast.
The Actress’ most successful movie not tied to a series is The Queen, a film that earned $123.5 million dollars at the box office with Mirren in the lead role. The film was not only a success among audiences, but with the Academy too, as she won the Academy Award for “Best Actress” for playing Queen Elizabeth.
The movie was so successful, in fact, that it went on to spawn a spin-off television show produced by Netflix called The Crown, for which Mirren has been highly praised. “I’ve always found as an actress that the best thing to do in film or TV or theater is just to lose yourself in it. Think of the story, the character, the worlds we are in, and forget everything else,” she has said.
In the years following The Queen, Mirren embraced her newly found stature as a movie star and took on roles more action oriented. She starred in movies with typical action heroes including Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis, including National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Red, respectively. The National Treasure sequel earned $459.2 million, and Red earned $199 million at the box office and its sequel made another $148.1 million. These movies certified her as a movie star and she became known worldwide instead of by movie buffs and the niche fanbase of British dramas.
More recently, in 2013, Mirren voiced a prominent character in Monsters University, the long awaited sequel to Monsters Inc.. The film was one of Pixar’s biggest successes, grossing over one billion dollars worldwide. Based on these box office figures alone, Mirren would have been paid millions for each each role.
Mirren has become somewhat of a go-to voice actress for major animated studios. Though the salaries for these upcoming films are undisclosed, they perform outrageously well at the box office. In The Prince Of Egypt, an animated retelling of the story of Moses, she voiced the titular character’s mother, and the film earned $218.6 million.
Even when the actress stars in Hollywood movies, Mirren continues to play a classy British lady. She has become typecast but not from any forces other than her own, as she is in complete control of the way people perceive her. Even when playing a character in something as high concept as a Fast and Furious movie, Mirren still chooses to use her unchanged British accent, which is one of the many reasons why she is adored.
Though Mirren has the opportunity to work with the biggest actors in the world and is undoubtedly offered roles in some of the most sought after movies, the actress sticks to her roots, and continuously stars in low budget, but highly acclaimed British dramas. It is almost as if Mirren takes roles in the odd blockbuster movie so that she can afford to star in smaller films that reward her with more screen time and substantial roles.
Mirren’s Total Net Worth
For her role in the eighth entry in the Fast and Furious series, The Fate Of The Furious, Mirren was paid $2 million dollars, and that was for all of five days work, or at least that’s the total amount of time she spent on set. For somebody who is so vocal about equal pay in the industry it’s safe to say that that’s one issue that at least she, has successfully triumphed. When the actress starred in the spin-off movie, Hobbs and Shaw, she earned another $8 million.
After over 70 films, as well as appearing in over 20 TV series, producing, directing and appearing on various TV shows as herself, as well as her endorsements like her multimillion dollar deal with L’Oreal. It is estimated that Helen Mirren has had career earnings totaling $160 million.
Of that amount, $9-17 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $147 million, will have been taxed at around 48% as Mirren has been residing in the state of Nevada. However, the British-born American has also resided in California and the United Kingdom; not to mention earned through times of far higher tax rates.
In the 1970s federal taxes reached 70% for earnings over around $200,000, and it was very much the same in the United Kingdom as well. After tax, it looks like she may have had lifetime career earnings of $76.44 million, having paid $70.56 million dollars in taxes.
Helen Mirren married Taylor Hackford in 1997 and they remain together. They have no children and Mirren does not have any children from a previous marriage. It is likely that Helen has put everything into her acting career saying, “everyone wants to be a movie star or a model, to be in the papers, but few realize just what hard work it is, getting up early, and so on.”
Fortunately, she has maintained a stable personal life. “I believe in meditation – it’s a good tool to centre yourself,” she has said. Mirren also clearly loves what she does, commenting that “I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.'”
It seems likely that considering she has not had a history of alcohol dependance or had any much trouble in her personal life since the 80s, that her financial life is in order. In an interview with GQ magazine in 2008, Mirren revealed that she had taken cocaine at parties in her twenties and until the 1980s.
Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford have purchased properties in America and abroad. Likely one of many financial methods to secure her wealth while also optimizing her lifestyle and earning a dependable rate of return. She is said to own properties in England, France, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and has lived mostly in a property that she owns on the edge of Lake Tahoe, in Nevada.
In her personal life Mirren has likely spent $12-14 million dollars of her career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $6-8 million, not including investment assets. In her investments, she may have earned investment returns of $29-45 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Helen Mirren has a net worth of over $100 million dollars.
As Helen Mirren has made expert choices in what blockbuster movies to star in, and elegantly continues her pursuit of starring in wonderful independent movies, the actress has become both a Hollywood movie star and a critical darling.