Dame Helen MirrenSpeaking at an event in Los Angeles to celebrate the achievements of British artists in America, Dame Helen Mirren has hit out at the typecasting of British actors as villains.

"I think it's rather unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British, we're such an easy target that they can comfortably make the Brits the villains."

Dame Helen, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, said it was "important to let Americans know that we're not just the Royal family – there's a lot more to us than that".

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