One of her most memorable TV roles is her turn as detective Jane Tennison in the British TV series "Prime Suspect." She received five Emmy nods between 1993-2004 for playing Tennison. In 1996, she won a statuette for her performance in "Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness."
Her film credits include the 1984 film "2010," also starring John Lithgow, 1986's "The Mosquito Coast", and 1994's "The Madness of King George." She received an Oscar nomination in 1994 for her role as Queen Charlotte and another in 2001 for playing housekeeper Mrs. Wilson in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park."
Mirren earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of headstrong and powerful Queen Elizabeth I in the 2005 HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I."