Oops! Dame Helen falls flat treading the boards
...well, there’s a first time for everything!
SHE is usually the queen of composure. So it must have been quite a shock for Dame Helen Mirren when she came a cropper in France yesterday after falling hard on a wooden boardwalk. Moments beforehand the 72-year-old had been strolling along the beach in Cannes, having just finished an interview during the town’s film festival. Sporting a purple Burberry trenchcoat, a white jumpsuit and eye-catching zebra patterned flats, the actress looked every inch the Oscar-winning star. But as she walked over some uneven beach matting leading on to the boardwalk, she appears to have tripped, perhaps snagging a shoe, which came off in the process (1). After being helped to her feet (2), she made light of her mishap, thanking onlookers who stopped to see if she was OK (3). She then posed for the world’s cameras, looking as serene as before (4). Dame Helen is in Cannes promoting her new film, The Leisure Seeker, in which she stars with Donald Sutherland as a couple who go on a cross-country voyage in their old motorhome. She received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for the role earlier this year. The film, which opened last month, has had mixed reviews.
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