Helen Mirren says coronavirus lockdown made her marriage ‘normal’ after years of travelling

Dame Helen Mirren is grateful for coronavirus lockdown as it’s given her a “normal” life with her husband.

The 75-year-old actress says she’s been able to spend more time with her partner, director Taylor Hackford, at their home in Lake Tahoe, California.

“My husband and I have been married for 30-something years, you know, a very long time,” she told The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, “But in all that time because of the nature of both of our work we’ve always been looking at suitcases, at packing.

“The suitcases are always on the floor ready to be packed or unpacked. We have literally never spent this amount of time together.

“[The year] could have been disastrous but has actually been fantastic.”

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Mirren added that it’s been great to “have what most people have” which she describes as “normal, regular, repetitive lives, but comfortable lives.”

“So it’s been a wonderful way for the two of us to bond, in a weird way. I think it’s been a very bonding experience,” she added.

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Despite the pair enjoying their time together, The Queen star said it’s “upsetting” to see the effects of the pandemic in the theatre industry.

“It’s the live performers, the ballet dancers, the singers — all of that world that is such a wonderful part of London has been so devastated,” Mirren said. “But it will come back with a vengeance I believe. People will be so ready for it.”