By Carey Purcell
02 Jul 2013
Mirren will play chef Madame Mallory in Steve Knight's adaptation of Richard Morais' best-selling novel. She most recently played Queen Elizabeth in Peter Morgan's The Audience in London, for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Co-starring with Mirren will be Manish Dayal ("90210," "The Good Wife," "Switched at Birth"), playing Hassan Haji. "The Hundred Foot Journey," which will be directed by Lasse Hallström, follows a culinary battle that ensues when an Indian family opens a restaurant 100 feet across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant in southern France.
Mirren was previously seen on the London stage in the title role of Phedre at the National Theatre in 2009. Other London theatre credits include Mourning Becomes Electra (also at the National). She began her career playing Cleopatra for the National Youth Theatre, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in productions that included Troilus and Cressida and Macbeth. Mirren's Broadway stage credits include Dance of Death and A Month in the Country, for which she received Tony Award nominations.
Films include "Age of Consent," "The Long Good Friday," "The Madness of King George," "Gosford Park," "Calendar Girls" and "The Last Station." Her TV work includes the title role in "Elizabeth I" (for which she won Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards) and "Prime Suspect" (Emmy and three BAFTAs), "Losing Chase" (Golden Globe Award), "The Passion of Ayn Rand" (Emmy), "Door to Door" and "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone." She became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.