Basil Mirren: What Happened To The Father Of Helen Mirren?

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Basil Mirren is the father of Helen Lydia Mironoff commonly known as Helen Mirren. Basil’s daughter Helen is an award-winning British actor who is known for her prolific career in film, television, and on stage. She is regarded as one of the well-known and most respected actresses. She has won several awards for her powerful and versatile performances.

Basil Mirren: Bio Summary

NameBasil Mirren
Date of birth July 10, 1913
Place of birth Russia
Famous as father of Helen Mirren
Died 1980s
Nationality Russian
Spouse Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers
Children Helen Mirren, Peter Basil Mirren, and Katherine Mirren
Parents Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov and Maria Sinchugova

Who Was The Father Of Helen Mirren?

Basil Mirren is the father of Helen Mirren. Basil was born Vasily Petrovich Mironoff on July 10, 1913, in Russia. He is the son of Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov and Maria Sinchugova. He was a member of an exiled family of the Russian nobility. At the time he was two years old, his father Pyotr took him and the rest of his family to England.

The family includes Basil Mirren’s mother Maria and his siblings Irina, and Olga. The family reportedly had to remain in England by force when, in 1917, the Russian Revolution broke out. Pyotr was the owner of a family estate close to Gzhatsk (now Gagarin). He was part of the Russian aristocracy.

Basil’s father Pyotr had served as a colonel in the Imperial Russian Army and fought in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War. He became a diplomat and was negotiating an arms deal in Britain when he and his family were stranded by the Russian Revolution in 1917. Settling in England, Pyotr took up a job as a taxi driver to support his family.

Basil’s grandmother, Countess Lydia Andreevna Kamenskaya was an aristocrat and a descendant of Count Mikhail Fedotovich Kamensky, a prominent Russian general in the Napoleonic Wars. There isn’t much information about Basil’s childhood available. His educational background and qualifications are not known.

Basil Mirren played the viola with the London Philharmonic Orchestra before World War II. He also worked as an ambulance driver during the war and served in the East End of London during the Blitz. Basil married Kathleen “Kitty” Alexandrina Eva Matilda (née Rogers; 1908–1996) in the year 1938, in Hammersmith.

Basil Mirren then decided to anglicize his first name from Vasily to Basil. He and his wife Kathleen were blessed with three children. Their children are Helen Lydia Mironoff aka Helen Mirren, Peter Basil Mirren, and Katherine Mirren. After their second child Helen was born, Basil started driving a cab to provide for his family as he left the orchestra.

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Basil Mirren would later become a driving test examiner, and then a civil servant with the Ministry of Transport. Somewhere in the year 1951, he changed the family name to Mirren by deed poll. His daughter Helen Mirren became an actress. She has established herself as one of the versatile and most respected actresses.

Basil Mirren’s daughter Helen has appeared in several films and television. She was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. She has won awards including one Academy Award, four BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Emmy Awards, and one Tony Award.

What Happened To The Father Of Helen Mirren?

Helen Mirren’s father Basil Mirren is said to have died in 1981, in Essex, England, at the age of 68 years old. Per Geni, he died in 1980. The cause of his death is unknown. His wife Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers died on July 22, 1996, in Essex, England, when she was 88 years old.

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