Helen Mirren

by ethnic on June 8, 2009

Birth Name: Helen Lydia Mironoff

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 July, 1945

*Russian (father)
*English (mother)

Helen Mirren is a multiple award-winning British actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Queen (2006).

Helen is the daughter of Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers) and Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, later known as Basil Mironoff. Her father was of Russian descent. Her mother was English. Helen is married to American director Taylor Hackford.

Helen’s paternal grandfather was a Russian arms dealer who went to England to buy arms for his country. However, he could not go back to Russia due to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and stayed in London with his family. He subsequently worked as a taxi driver. Helen’s father grew up in England.

Helen has evidently stated that her mother had Romani ancestry. It is not clear if this claim has been verified/documented.

Helen’s cousin is actress and model Tania Mallet.

Helen’s paternal grandfather was Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov (the son of Vasily Mironov and Lidia Andreevna Kamenskaya). Lidia was the daughter of Count Andrey Sergeyevich Kamensky and Lubov Fedorovna Nadervil. Count Andrey was the son of Sergey Mikhailovich Kamensky and Ekaterina Fedorovna Levshina. Sergey was the son of Mikhail Fedotovich Kamensky and Anna Pavlovna Scherbatova. Mikhail Kamensky (1738 – 1809), Helen’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, was a Field Marshal and a member of the Russian nobility, who was known for fighting in the Napoleonic campaigns and Catherinian wars.

Helen’s paternal grandmother was likely Maria (nickname Maroussia) Sinchugova/Sinchougova.

Helen’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Rogers (the son of Henry Rogers and Matilda Bayley). Henry was the son of James Rogers. Matilda was the daughter of William Bayley.

Helen’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Sarah Jones (the daughter of Samuel Jones).

Sources: Family history of Helen Mirren – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Genealogies of Helen Mirren (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Daily Mail article about Helen’s Russian ancestry – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Biography of Helen Mirren, that mentions her possible Romani ancestry – http://news.bbc.co.uk

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Kimmel June 4, 2016 at 1:07 am

Surprised. But she did a good job tricking me by changing her surname.

neiltennant June 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm

wow she is 71 haha

MILF candidate

ann February 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Helen’s paternal grandmother name was likely Maria Sinchugova/Sinchougova.

ann October 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

Interesting fact. Helen’s cousin is English model and actress Tania Mallet (best known for her role in the James Bond film Goldfinger). Tania’s mother Olga Mironoff was the younger sister of Vasiliy Mironoff, Helen’s father. http://www.famechain.com/family-tree/18642/henry-mallett/olga-mironoff

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Wow, thought she was German! Awesome.. Russian… and English. Good surprise.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

YEARS ago when there was not a good article on WIKI i thought that she might be polish or russian

but then i thought she is one of those slavic looking brits like daniel criaig

ann June 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Helen’s paternal grandmother name was Maria (nickname Maroussia).

ann November 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

Helen’s paternal grandmother was Lidia Andreevna Kamenskaya. She was the great-granddaughter of Count Mikhail Fedotovich Kamensky a Russian Field Marshal prominent in the Napoleonic campaigns. Mikhail and his wife Anna Pavlovna Scherbatova (descendant of Rurik) had son Sergey. Sergey married Ekaterina Fedorovna Levshina, and their son Andrey and his wife Lubov Fedorovna Nadervil were parents of Lidia.

follers November 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thank you. Do you know anything about the genealogy of her paternal grandfather?

ann November 30, 2013 at 1:52 am

No, but I still try to search.

follers November 30, 2013 at 2:12 am

Thank you. I added your information on Mirren and Milla Jovovich.

follers November 30, 2013 at 4:48 am

Wait a minute – I think Lidia Andreevna Kamenskaya was actually Mirren’s paternal great-grandmother, wasn’t she? The mother of Helen’s paternal grandfather, Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov. That would make more sense.

So the identity of Helen’s paternal grandmother is less clear.

ann November 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

You know, the vast majority of the articles says she Helen’s grandmother (this is probably a mistake, which was common), but this link is interesting. In the photo where Helen and her sister in Moscow at the tomb of their ancestors (including Lidia and her grandfather Pyotr) you can see the date of birth: Lidia Andreevna 1843 (8?) – 1928, and Pyotr 1880-1957. Lidia too old to be a Helen’s grandmother, and Pyotr’s wife, so she probably really great-grandmother. But it is strange that there is no any information about Helen grandmother, even just a name… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-470030/Helen-Mirren-reveals-joy-meeting-Russian-relatives.html

follers November 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Yes, Lidia’s birthdate matches with her being Helen’s great-grandmother. Also, Mikhail Kamensky is usually described as having been Helen’s four times great-grandfather, which only works out with Lidia being Helen’s great-grandmother.

I assume Helen’s paternal grandmother was born in Russia and died in England.

Affellay August 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Curious if shes related 2 a famous Soviet actor Andrey Mironoff

Natasha February 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

Wow,I never knew she had a Russian name.

Anonymous October 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

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