Helen Mirren’s hidden heritage was revealed in the 1921 census.
She is well-known around the world as the British star of blockbuster Hollywood films and for her A-list red carpet presence.
However, a newly discovered 1921 census record sheds light on Dame Helen Mirren’s fascinating past.
When Tsar Nicholas II sent her grandfather Pyotr Vasilievich Mironoff and the rest of his family to England in 1915, he brought his son Vasily Petrovich Mironoff – Dame Helen’s father – and the rest of his family.
When the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917, however, the family was forced to stay in England.
Peter and Basil are the names of the father and son who lived in Hastings, Sussex, according to the census.
Dame Helen’s family record is one of four shared exclusively with MailOnline by ancestry website Findmypast, which details the family backgrounds of celebrities.
His great-grandfather, an artist who ended up in court for abandoning his family, is mentioned in England men’s football captain Harry Kane’s record.
The records of Mirren’s co-stars Kate Winslet and Tom Hardy’s relatives have also been revealed, while Findmypast has conducted separate research into Avengers star Tom Hiddleston’s ancestors.
After Findmypast digitized the 1921 census and made it searchable online, the records of the celebrities can now be discovered.
Captain Tom Moore, the fundraising hero, Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter Rabbit, and Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, are among those listed.
Dame Helen’s father was born in 1913 and moved to England with his father when he was three years old.
Pyotr’s wife, Marusia, and the couple’s other children, Irina, five, and baby Olga, were also present.
Pyotr had been dispatched to the United Kingdom by Russia’s previous Tsar to negotiate an arms deal.
The family was housed in luxury at the Russian embassy due to their status as honored guests, but they were stripped of their lands, money, and homes when the revolution broke out.
Pyotr had no choice but to work as a taxi driver to support his family.
Dame Helen’s father made a living as a viola player and a worker in an East End textile warehouse.
He changed his name to Basil Mirren after meeting Dame Helen’s mother, an East Ender, and had three children: Katherine, Peter, and Helen, who was christened Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff.
Her grandmother Mary and aunt Olga are also listed on the census record of Dame Helen’s family.
Alfred John Parrott, Kane’s great-great-grandfather, is listed in the 1921 census with some of his children, two sons and a daughter.
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