Mirren on 'The Queen' and Tony Blair
Helen Mirren doesn’t put much stock in the suggestion by screenwriter Peter Morgan that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair lifted a line from The Queen in his autobiography.
Blair recalls his first meeting with Queen Elizabeth in his new bio A Journey that when he met the monarch she said; “You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born."
It echoes closely a line in the 2006 film The Queen, one Morgan says he invented.
“I don’t know. Maybe she did say that to him. Who knows?” Mirren said in an interview with the Star Tuesday.
“We weren’t there and neither was Peter Morgan. But maybe that conversation came up. I wouldn’t be surprised.”
- Linda Barnard