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Mirren 'stopped from French role' due to US audience

Hollywood actress Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she was stopped from playing her latest role in French because American audiences do not like subtitles.

In comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey she plays Madame Mallory, the proprietor of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a small French town who clashes with a displaced Indian family when they open a curry house nearby.

Dame Helen Mirren who has revealed that she was stopped from playing her latest role of Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey in French because American audiences do not like subtitles. Credit: PA

"I was hoping I was going to be able to do my part in French. I've always had a secret desire to be a French actress," the Oscar-winner told the Telegraph Magazine.

But she was not allowed to go ahead with the idea because of the anticipated reaction in the US.

She revealed: "When it came to it, they said 'Oh no, that won't do. You can't play it in French. The Americans won't understand it and they don't like subtitles.' Which was sad for me."

Queen and Kate meet the stars at palace reception

Dame Helen Mirren speaks to the Queen as Sir David Attenborough looks on. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge met some of Hollywood's leading actors tonight as Buckingham Palace hosted a reception celebrating the UK's dramatic arts.

Actress Uma Thurman and the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The event featured a who's who of leading film makers, entertainers and actors including director Steve McQueen and actresses Uma Thurman and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Queen and Joan Collins at the Buckingham Palace reception. Credit: David Crump/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, also known as Rada.

Kate meets Sir Trevor Nunn and Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge joined her for the evening wearing a striking red Alexander McQueen dress.

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British stars line the red carpet ahead of the Baftas

Dame Helen Mirren arrives on the Bafta red carpet, where the Duke of Cambridge will present her with the Fellowship award. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives on the red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
British film star Emma Thompson poses with family on the Bafta award red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Singer Lily Allen is among the attendees of the British Academy Film Awards 2014. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula on the red carpet of the Bafta awards. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Stars share childhood snaps in foster parents campaign

Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and Peter Capaldi are among a host of celebrities who have shared their most cherished childhood snaps to front a new drive to recruit more foster carers.

Helen Mirren shared this picture of herself as a child as part of the Barnardo's campaign to boost foster parenting numbers. Credit: Barnardos

More than 8,600 foster carers are urgently needed in the UK and the campaign, led by Barnardo's, is calling on members of the public to consider becoming foster parents and help create happy childhood memories for some of the most vulnerable youngsters.

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Mirren: 'I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who'

Dame Helen Mirren has dismissed speculation that she might be the first female Doctor Who, telling Daybreak's Aled Jones "I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that".

Dame Helen Mirren has dismissed speculation that she might be the first female Doctor Who.

“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who, no, no, no, absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that...but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who.

"I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all", Dame Helen added.

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