Before The Crown, she was The Queen. Before Downtown Abbey, she’d already been caught up in intrigue and scandal at an aristocratic country estate in Gosford Park. And 10 years before a 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez lit up the screen as a stripper in Hustlers, she was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive—at 65.

So what are Helen Mirren’s secrets to lasting success? Taking risks, never playing into the stereotypes about women “of a certain age,” and plenty of red lipstick.

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