Helen Mirren posts rare photo with glamorous girlfriends – and fans love it!

The Queen actress gave a stylish insight into her private life

Hanna Fillingham

Helen Mirren is notoriously private, but delighted fans on Thursday after sharing a rare insight into her life away from the spotlight, taking to Instagram to share a very glamorous photo of her with her girlfriends enjoying a spot of dinner. In the snap, The Queen actress was photographed around a restaurant table with three female friends, all of whom were dressed in stylish red outfits. Helen, 72, rocked a red leather jacket, which she teamed with a white blouse, and looked relaxed as she enjoyed catching up with her friends.

The photo – which was captioned: "Sunday lunch with my girlfriends," – went down a treat with Helen's followers, who were quick to comment. One wrote: "To cool for school," while another joked: "On Thursday we dress in red." A third told their friend: "We need to coordinate in red next time."

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Helen Mirren enjoyed a glamorous dinner with her friends

Helen joined Instagram in December 2016, and instantly impressed fans with her range of selfies. Over time, the award-winning actress has taken to share snippets from her life, with images ranging from travel snaps to selfies with Hollywood stars. Helen was recently branded a "Goddess" by one social media user after she shared a makeup-free selfie of herself in Los Angeles. In the picture, the actress stood in front of a backdrop of lit-up buildings, captioning it: "I hold the super red blue moon over Los Angeles."

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Helen was recently praised by fans after posting a makeup-free photo while in LA

Last month, Helen reunited with her old flame Liam Neeson while appearing on The Graham Norton Show. The Hollywood stars were asked about their five-year-romance, with Liam admitting he was "head over heels" in love with the British actress. Helen then revealed: "We didn’t date, we lived together for four years – we were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!"

The former couple were in a relationship between 1980 and 1985 after meeting on the set of 1981 movie Excalibur, which also starred Nigel Terry and Patrick Stewart. Taken star Liam, 65, admitted that he harboured a huge crush on Helen. "Before I met her and we worked together I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back and I turned around one day and she was doing that to me," he shared.

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