Dame Helen Mirren could not resist reprising Queen role

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren playing the Queen in the West End play The Audience. Photo:

Dame Helen Mirren has told ITV News she could not resist the chance of reprising her role as the Queen.

The Oscar-winning actress is playing the Monarch in the West End play The Audience - which begins tonight.

Dame Helen, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her part in The Queen, was invited by the film's writer to return to one of her most famous roles.

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren with Paul Ritter who plays Sir John Major.

Although the actress was initially "determined" to reject the role, she said that in the end she could not resist the chance of playing the Monarch again.

Mary Nightingale reports: