Dame Helen’s bawdiest bedroom scenes... at 74
LAYING naked in bed with a younger man, hair cascading over her shoulders, Dame Helen Mirren proves she can still set pulses racing.
The Oscar-winning actress may be 74, but the veteran actress isn’t afraid to strip down for the cameras.
In fact, she has just taken one of her raunchiest roles to date, playing Russian empress, Catherine the Great. In episode three of the four-part Sky Atlantic show – which is expected to air on October 17 but is already available to stream – Dame Helen can be seen rolling around in bed with a handsome toyboy.
As their love-making ends, she matter-of-factly pulls on her royal gowns while her naked lover makes a swift exit.
The mini-series reveals how the ambitious monarch overthrew her husband, Tsar Peter III, to rule over one of the world’s vastest empires.
But Dame Helen – who has previously starred as both Queen Elizabeth I and II – has slammed some of the slurs that have tarnished the Russian royal’s reputation. According to the history books, Catherine – who reigned from 1762 to 1796 – was a “mad, sexual, voracious creature” who died trying to have sex with a horse.
But Dame Helen said it was “a complete lie” and a “classic way of belittling her”.
“It’s appalling, the way history treats successful, powerful women,” she said. “It has to pull them down. Her unbelievable achievements were very successful, obfuscated by history.
“You look at the way Louis XIV or Henry VIII behaved.
“Their behaviour was completely acceptable, whereas Catherine had a series of four or five relationships which, in any modern woman’s life, is not that many.”
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