UNDER THE HONORARY PRESIDENCY OF H.S.H. PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO

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WORLD-RENOWNED ACADEMY, EMMY & TONY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS HELEN MIRREN TO RECEIVE COVETED CRYSTAL NYMPH AWARD AT THE 57th ANNUAL MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL

Monaco, 9 May, 2017


Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Helen Mirren will receive the prestigious Crystal Nymph Award at the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival, it was announced today by Laurent Puons, CEO of the Festival. Helen will be presented with the Award by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Honorary President of the Festival, during the Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony on June 20 in Monaco.

The Crystal Nymph Award is presented to a major international television actor or actress to recognize a stellar body of work. Donald Sutherland was the inaugural Crystal Nymph honouree in 2013, with Patricia Arquette accepting the Award in 2015 and Marg Helgenberger in 2016.

Laurent Puons comments, «With an outstanding career encompassing television, film and the theatre, Helen Mirren is one of the most established and highly-regarded actresses in the world today. She has been at the very top of her profession for many years and we are extremely pleased to present her with this prestigious Award which celebrates her significant contribution to global television».

Helen Mirren adds, «Since its inception, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been a strong advocate and supporter of the international television business across both drama and documentary programming. I am delighted to receive this recognition and to accept the Crystal Nymph Award this year».

Helen Mirren's first leading role in television was as Cousin Bette for the BBC in the 70s. Other BBC work at that time included The Changeling, The Philanthropist and the outstanding 1979 production of Denis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills. However it was in the award-winning series Prime Suspect as DCI Jane Tennison that Helen became a household name in television. Written by Lynda La Plante as a single TV drama it spawned another four series in the 90s. Helen reprised the role in 2003 and the final Prime Suspect was released in 2006, bringing this iconic role to its conclusion and for which she won an Emmy Award for Best Actress. During the "intermission" from Prime Suspect Helen starred in a number of award winning US TV productions including Losing Chase, Ayn Rand and The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. Her performance in the television role in Elizabeth I won her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph for Best Actress. Her most recent television role was in David Mamet's Phil Spector for HBO Films where she starred alongside Al Pacino as Spector's lawyer Linda Kenney Baden. For this role she won a SAG award for Best Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe.



About the Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Originally created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and now under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II of Monaco, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has, for more than half a century, presented the very best of television from around the world.
The Festival has also been at the forefront in showcasing the highly talented professionals associated with many of the most successful programs in the history of the medium.
Celebrities, producers, directors, writers and heads of studios, networks and digital platforms gather in June every year to attend series launches, premier screenings, conferences, press activities, public events, VIP meetings and signing sessions.
Culminating with a unique competition, which celebrates and honors fiction and news and current affairs programming with the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been recognized as one of the finest Festivals in the world, enhanced even further by its location in the magical Principality of Monaco.

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