Oops! Dame He­len falls flat tread­ing the boards

...well, there’s a first time for ev­ery­thing!

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

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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