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Dame Helen Mirren based Fast & Furious role on her working class roots

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO
Published on August 2, 2019 - Duration: 00:31s

Dame Helen Mirren based Fast & Furious role on her working class roots

Dame Helen Mirren has said she based her role in the Fast & Furious films on her working class roots.

The Oscar-winning star first appeared briefly as Magdalene Shaw, the mother of Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, in Fast & Furious 8 and returns again in the new spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

She told PA: "My mum was born in the east end, she was born in West Ham, she left school at 14.

"On my mum's side I come from a London working class family, I've never investigated how far back they go but I wouldn't be surprised if they go quite a way back in the east end of London so it's a little bit in my DNA, that world.

"Now obviously I have a posh actor's accent but when I grew up I talked a lot more like that, growing up in Southend." She added: "I had to take elocution lessons, I had to be taught how to speak properly and when I joined the Royal Shakespeare Company I still had a bit of a Southend accent.

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