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Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

A Scottish Wedding


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Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford at the 79th Academy Awards Governors Ball.

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After saying for years that she would not marry, once Helen Mirren married Taylor Hackford, she was very pleased with her decision. Here's information about their Scottish wedding, and more.


Helen Mirren aka Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov / Ilyena Lydia Mironoff: Born July 26, 1945 near London, England.

Taylor Edwin Hackford: December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California.

Although some sources give his birth date as December 3, 1944, the California Birth index, 1905-1995 lists Taylor as being born on the 31st.

How Taylor and Helen Met:

Helen and Taylor met when Taylor was directing her in White Nights. Their first meeting did not go well.

"He kept her waiting to audition for White Nights, and she was icy. “It was a strange way to meet Helen, because she is a lovely person,” says Hackford, “but she didn’t hold back her fury.” Obviously their relationship improved once they were working together, and they discovered they shared a working-class background, a love of adventure travel, and a dedication to telling thrilling stories on film."
Source: AARPMagazine.org

Wedding Date:

Having been together since 1986, on Taylor's 53rd birthday, he and Helen were married on December 31, 1997 in Scotland at Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness. Helen wore a white embroidered dress. Taylor wore a traditional Scottish kilt. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Alex Whiteford.

their reception for their small gathering of around 40 locals, and family and friends was held at the Castle Stuart.


Helen has not had any children of her own and has stated that she has no regrets. She has plenty of children to love in her family including Taylor's sons, and the children of her siblings.

Taylor has two sons.

  • Rio Del Valle Hackford: Born June 28, 1970 in Los Angeles County, California. Rio is an actor and has owned several clubs.
  • Alexander Hackford:


Helen: Actress, producer, director. In 2/07 Helen won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Queen.

Taylor: Director, actor, producer, editor, and writer.

Previous Marriages:

Taylor has two previous marriages.

  • Lynne Littman: Born on June 16, 1941 in New York, New York. Lynne is a director, producer, and writer. Taylor and Lynne married on May 7, 1977. Their marriage ended in divorce.
  • Unknown:


Taylor and Helen have lived in a hacienda in the Hollywood Hills since 1986. They also own a Georgian-styled home in Wapping in East London and a home in the south of France.

Quotes About Marriage and Helen Mirren:

Helen about Taylor: “I have to say that the thing I loved most about Taylor was his absolute, total commitment to his children."
Source: AARPMagazine.org

Helen on why she had not married: "I might get married, but it would be a backward step. The reason I never wanted to marry is because I've never wanted to be divorced ... All my life I hated the idea of getting married. I thought it would always be a massive mistake for me. Then one day almost exactly a year ago I just felt it would be the right thing for me to do. I had been with Taylor for 15 years. He'd given me respect and loyalty and I trusted him 100% but still I was terrified it would change our relationship. I told him I would marry him on the condition that nothing would change. But when I woke up on the morning after the wedding I realized everything had changed and I loved it. I felt totally and utterly different. I was his wife and he was my husband and it was such an enormous thing to me. It was wonderful. Even after almost a year I still feel a shiver when I hear him say 'my wife' and I get this enormous sense of pleasure when I say 'my husband'."
Source: HelenMirren.com

Helen on being married: “I still sort of don’t believe in marriage, but that’s not to say I’m not incredibly happy to be married. And the one thing I thought I’d hate”—lots of girlish emphasis here—“which was ‘my husband,’ I say all the time. I can’t wait for an opportunity to say it…you know: ‘My husband is over there at the moment.’ I absolutely love it.”
Source: AARPMagazine.org


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