Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE (née Mironoff; born 26 July 1945) is an English actor. Excelling on stage with the National Youth Theatre, her performance as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra in 1965 saw her invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company before she made her West End stage debut in 1975. Since then, Mirren has also had success in television and film. She has achieved the Triple Crown of Acting in the US and the UK, the only person to do so in both countries. She won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, the Tony Award and Olivier Award for the same role in The Audience, the British Academy Television Award once and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie four times.