Stanley Baker and Helen Mirren in BBC Play of the Month: The Changeling


Helen Mirren (1945 - )

Film Deaths:[edit | edit source]

  • Hamlet (1976) [Ophelia/Gertrude]: Playing a dual role, "Ophelia" drowns in a river (shown in a surreal, symbolic montage). "Gertrude's" death is not depicted in this adaptation of the play.
  • The Long Good Friday (1980) [Victoria]: Presumably killed off camera by Pierce Brosnan's cohorts (we only see her screaming as she is being restrained in the back of a cab as Bob Hoskins sees her as he is driven by).
  • Pascali's Island (1988) [Lydia Neuman]: Shot in the stomach as she reaches for her lover, after first being shot in the shoulder. (Thanks to Bill)
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) [Lilia Herriton]: Dies shortly after childbirth. (Thanks to Mark)
  • Shadowboxer (2005) [Rose]: Shot in the head (as a mercy killing) by Cuba Gooding Jr. while they're making love in the woods. (Thanks to Jeff)
  • The Last Station (2009)  [Sofya Tolstaya]: Dies (off-screen) of old age/natural causes, several years after the final scene; her death is mentioned in the on-screen text at the end of the movie. (Thanks to Tommy)
  • Arthur (2011) [Lillian Hobson]: Dies (off-screen) of an unspecified illness; we learn of her death afterwards when Russell Brand is informed. (See also John Gielgud in the 1981 version.) (Thanks to Tommy)
  • Woman in Gold (2015) [Maria Altmann]: Dies of old age/natural causes (off-screen) some time after the film's events; her death is mentioned in the onscreen text at the end of the film.

Television Deaths:[edit | edit source]

  • Miss Julie (1972) [Miss Julie]: Commits suicide (presumably off-screen).
  • Caesar and Claretta (1975; TV movie) [Claretta Petacci]: Presumably executed, along with Robert Hardy, by a firing squad of partisans. (I haven't seen this, so I don't know whether it actually depicts their execution or ends before that point.)
  • Oresteia: Agamemnon (1979) [Cassandra]: Presumably stabbed to death by Diana Rigg and Diana's lover. (I haven't seen this mini-series, but I'm familiar with the history/legend.)
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003; TV movie) [Karen Stone]: Presumably killed (off-screen) by Rodrigo Santoro after she lets him into her apartment; the movie fades out as he approaches her, but the tone of the story implies that she will be killed. (Rodrigo's nameless character has been interpreted by some critics as a personification of death.) (See also Vivien Leigh in the 1961 film.)

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