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DM: British actress Helen Mirren will play Ekaterina II in the new TV series

Helen Mirren

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LONDON, January 12. /TASS/. British actress Helen Mirren will play the Russian Empress Catherine II in the new television series for American channel HBO. On Friday told the Daily Mail newspaper.

According to the newspaper, Mirren has confirmed that it has begun work on a series of four parts, along with Director Philip Martin. “We are starting to arrange the fragments on the ground” – the newspaper quoted the actress, who confirmed their participation in the project during the award ceremony for the film award “Golden globe”.

It is expected that most of the filming will take place in the Imperial palaces of St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo later this year or early 2019. Mirren is not the first time playing the royals . On account of its major role in the mini-series “Elizabeth I” (2005), and in the biographical film “the Queen” (2006) she played the current British monarch Elizabeth II, and in the end, was awarded the “Oscar” for best actress.

Critics point out that Mirren can help to play Catherine II its relationship with Russia, as her grandfather, Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov, was a high-ranking military in the Imperial army, before becoming Helen Mirren, her name was Helen Lydia Mironov.

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