She’s a leading lady on screen and now Helen Mirren has proved she can leave a crowd stunned on stage too as she stole the show at a concert on Saturday.
The 73-year-old star transformed in a floor-length blue and silver sequinned dress with a slit up the back to show off her age-defying legs.
The star towered in strappy black stilettos as she confidently strode out in front of her audience at the 162nd Academy Of Music Anniversary Concert & Ball in Philadelphia, and she added huge statement silver earrings to complete the glamorous look.
The dress had a daring v-neckline and clinched in at the waist with a black band, before falling down to her feet in a skintight look.
Putting on a very animated display throughout, Mirren acted as host at the event while also narrating excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
It comes a few months after the revered British actress gave a frank assessment of ageing in an interview with the The Telegraph, saying that growing old takes a certain about of bravery and isn’t the blissful descent into a life of retirement that many would believe.
“When I was in my late 30s, my mother gave me some fantastic advice. ‘Never be afraid of getting old,’ she said, ‘because when you’re 20 the idea of being 35 is horrific. When you’re 35 the idea of being 55 is a nightmare, but as you get older you realise that you have the tools to deal with it’.”
It’s not the first time Mirren has spoken out about the realities of ageing, which are so often ignored by the younger generation.
Earlier this year, Mirren told The Mirror that getting old doesn’t bother her and she sees it as a privilege more than anything.
“I see life as a gift and I enjoy it. I embrace it,” she told the paper.
And when asked by the paper whether death was something she needed to be realistic about at her age, she responded bluntly: “Well, yes, and why not?”
“It’s not something you can hide from at my age and why not have an open discussion and see death as full of life and a celebration of liberation,” she concluded.