On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight - a Bafta fellowship, from
Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright
Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama," he said.
The British playwright had added that the Nordic thriller series The Bridge was one of the biggest offenders, although he enjoyed it. Fresh corpses also appear in many British-made dramas and series, such as Silent Witness, Lewis, Whitechapel,
Mirren's views about the level of violence in popular entertainment have come to light since she starred in the first of two
One of her early breakthrough film roles was as Victoria,
It was, Mirren feared, "a losing battle", but she added: "I do get terribly upset when I see films where people are just randomly shot. I think they all have families to go to, children at home."
The 68-year-old said she would like to take on a fresh television role next, if she could avoid a violent plotline, because she believed much of the best writing was now done for television.
"I think British television has been very good for a long time. When people in
Before Mirren become widely known for playing police inspector
This weekend Mirren said she believed British acting was enjoying a great flowering and she spoke about her hopes for British victories tonight.
"I know who I hope will be a big winner this year," she said at the Savoy event hosted by the Bafta sponsors Hackett. "And that's 12 Years A Slave - I'd love to see
Commenting on the number of black British actors to find recent success in the US, including Ejiofor,
"We are only talking about four or five British actors anyway. It seems like a lot at one time but in a way, the surprising thing is that it has taken so long."
Mirren, who is married to the American director
Celebrating yesterday in the company of her sister Kate and friends, Mirren said she was "thrilled and honoured". "I don't think
Mirren said she had written her acceptance speech without help. "Of course, isn't that what everyone does?" she asked, admitting that with four Bafta wins, an Oscar, three Golden Globes and four Emmys she has had some practice.
"I have gone through it with my husband, but just in outline. I don't want to go over it too much because it won't sound right.
"I am also aware that it comes at the end of a long evening, when people are looking at their watches and thinking about the journey home."
Born Illiana Lydia Petrovna Mironova into emigre Russian aristocracy in 1945 in
Early roles with the
In 1980 she appeared in the explicit film Caligula with
She met her husband, director
Four years later she starred in
In 1992 she created the role of
Her first Oscar nomination came for playing Queen Charlotte in The Madness of
win came in 2006 for
A fourth Oscar nomination came in 2010 for her role in the Leo Tolstoy biopic
Last year she won an Olivier for playing
of Prime Suspect. Rex
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