The 66-year-old wanted to bring her lighter side to the character in the 2006 movie. "She does laugh. She makes jokes. She twinkles. I met her once in a fairly relaxed situation at a polo match.
She was charming and funny, not at all the serious person we think of. There's someone else in there and I was desperate to bring that to the screen.
The noble nature of the Queen has nothing to do with her being royal, says Mirren. "Some people have noblity and it doesn't matter what class they are. The Queen is noble, but that has nothing to do with being born royal," she said.