Helen Mirren Shocks

Published: July 28, 2015

Helen Mirren Shocks, Dame Helen Mirren shocked TV viewers when she swore on Good Morning Britain today, prompting an apology from both presenters.

The British actress, who turned 70 on Sunday, was talking about a camping trip to a field in Cornwall with her former boyfriend Liam Neeson in the 1980s, when she told how it ‘p***ed with rain’.

Presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway immediately apologised for the gaffe shortly before 8.30am on ITV1, with the former telling her: ‘We can’t say things like that first thing in the morning.’

Oscar-winning Dame Helen, who starred in 2006 film The Queen and won her first Tony Award for playing the monarch in The Audience last month, was talking on the show about camping in the rain.

And the actress’s slip-up came just moments after she rebuked 48-year-old Miss Garraway for being ‘rather rude’ after she innocently said to her: ‘I can’t imagine you getting down in a tent.’

Dame Helen went on to say: ‘I love camping, and I still do. My husband (Taylor Hackford) unfortunately doesn’t want to camp. I went camping with an ex-boyfriend of mine, Liam Neeson.

‘I lived with him for four years, and we went camping in Cornwall – he loved camping as well. We had this little Deux Chevaux car – Liam 6ft 4in, his head was like sticking out the top of the car really.

‘And we had our tent in the back, and all our stuff, and our little stove, and we get down there and we’re camping in this tiny tent, all 6ft 4in of Liam and me.

‘And we camp in this field, not like an official camping site with electricity, loos and showers – just literally a field. And it p***ed with rain, non-stop for like three days.’

She was then interrupted by Mr Shephard, 40, who said: ‘Oh, we should apologise – we can’t say things like that first thing in the morning. It’s like one of those moments when you put your foot in your month. Apologies.’

The actress replied: ‘I’m sorry, oh I’m so sorry’ – before adding: ‘It rained a lot.’

Dame Helen then asked the presenters ‘why can’t you say that?’.

‘You think I don’t swear? F***ing hell!’

In red-carpet interview with Sky News after entertainment correspondent Matt Smith asked Dame Helen not to swear because she was live on air (Baftas, 2007)

‘You little s***’.

Imitating actor John Gielgud, while talking on BBC Breakfast about how he was famous for swearing (April 2011)

‘It is better than being called a w***er.’

On America’s Late Night show when asked by host Jimmy Fallon what Dame Helen meant by calling him a ‘blagger’ (November 2012)

‘Shut the f*** up… People have paid a f***ing hundred pounds to go to the theatre and you are f***ing ruining it.’

To samba drummers outside the London theatre, where she was starring as the Queen in the hit play The Audience (May 2013)

‘If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been “f*** off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we?

‘And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, f*** off, leave me alone, thank you very much.” ‘

‘What I love the most about being older is that lovely “I don’t give a f***ness” kind of thing. You know, you young things don’t be afraid of getting old because it’s f****ing great! But tonight, looking at this audience, I do wish I was about 40 years younger.’

‘Anyway I do have a real c**k…a psychic c**k! I do, I mean I love my vagina…but maybe it’s that that’s got me here, I don’t know!…40 is good, 50 is great, 60 is fab and 70 is f***king awesome’.

But Miss Garraway responded by saying: ‘Can we have that debate another time or we’ll get fired? You may be the Queen but you can’t save us.’

MailOnline has contacted Ofcom to establish whether any complaints have been made.

Dame Helen began a relationship with Neeson in the 1980s after they met on the set of the 1981 film Excalibur, which was his first film role.

He has previously told CBS of her: ‘I fell in love with Helen Mirren. Oh my God. Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armour, having sword fights and stuff, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.’

The incident comes a week after BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull shocked viewers by accidentally blurting out the c-word on live television during a discussion about cancer.

While reading out one email from a viewer, 59-year-old Mr Turnbull paused before inadvertently blurting out the obscenity after stumbling over his words and then quickly corrected himself.

Dame Helen also spoke on Good Morning Britain today about how she finds the ‘fascination’ with her age and beauty regime ‘boring’, but accepts it as ‘part and parcel’ of her job.

Pressed on whether she understands the fascination with it, she replied: ‘No, I don’t understand your fascination with it. And I don’t think you have a fascination with it. I think you’re saying what your editor told you to say.’

Dame Helen, who has recently starred in films including Hitchcock and The Debt, said you ‘don’t lose interest as a woman’, or even as a man, in these things as you get older.

‘All we do is we get more knowledge about them. We get more knowledge about what’s good for you, what’s bad for you, what works for you, what doesn’t work for you.

‘And so I don’t see why, as an older person, you should be excluded from the fun of all of that, you know?’

The actress said she does not have a motto for life but said she is getting less and less rule-bound. ‘There are ways of living life … and we impose rules upon ourselves all the time,’ she said.

Referring to her appearance in a beauty campaign, she joked: ‘To do a beauty campaign at my age is a bit sort of out of order really.’

Helen Mirren Shocks

Helen Mirren Shocks

Helen Mirren Shocks


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