Dame He­len’s bawdi­est bed­room scenes... at 74

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Chris Riches

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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