From Queen to brothel madam for Dame Helen Mirren

Tuesday May 18, 2010

She won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, but Dame Helen Mirren is taking on a very different role for her next project.

The actress is starring as the madam in charge of America's first legalised brothel, it has been revealed.

She will play Grace Botempo, a fictional character based on the real-life story of Sally Conforte, who opened the Mustang Ranch bordello in Nevada in 1971.

"It was a beautifully written character, which was why I wanted to play her, and the film really appealed to me," Helen says.

"I love the subject matter, I love the milieu and I love the period - the Seventies."

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