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Best of 2013

Another year is drawing to a close, and we would like to share with you our highlights. Feel free to share your own memories of 2013 with us on the chatboard – they can be Helena-related or personal!

Happy New Year fellow Helena-fans, we hope that 2014 will be a great year for you all! And of course, Happy New Year to Helena & family xxx

Best Interview
Well, there were very few actual magazine interviews this year, but we did get treated to a wonderful edition of Vogue, filled with stunning shots by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. I also loved the short-but-sweet interview in the Guardian Weekend magazine, with Burton and Taylor co-star, Dominic West (photographed by Gustavo Papaleo).

Best Photoshoot
As much as I loved the shoots that appeared in Vogue and The Guardian, my favourite has to be the gorgeous photoshoot with Greg Williams, which featured in a number of foreign magazines. The breathtaking shots captured her effortless beauty and elegance, as well as showing off her sultry side.

Best Old Photoshoot added in 2013
I have had these slides in my possession for a number of years now, and am finally able to share them with you thanks to a brand-new scanner! These lovely shots of 22-year-old Helena were taking by Alan Richardson for the promotion of Getting It Right. I particularly like the one with the blue background – isn’t her hair fabulous?

Favourite Film of 2013
Many were shocked (and outraged) when it was announced that Helena would play the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC’s drama, Burton and Taylor, but I for one was very excited! I had no doubt that Helena would be perfect in the role, and she certainly did not disappoint. The chemistry between her and co-star, Dominic West was sizzling, and Helena’s performance has earned her nominations for a Golden Globe, Satellite Award and Screen Actors Guild Award – here’s hoping for some award-season success next year, because she most definitely deserves it.

Favourite Movie Still
The Long Ranger may not have been a huge success at the Box Office, but I still think Helena was fantastic as the feisty, flame-haired Red. Look at how fabulous she is! She has a gun in her ivory leg – enough said, really.

Favourite Awards-do Outfit
Filming commitments meant that Helena was unable to attend her only film premiere of 2013, for The Lone Ranger. She did, however, attend a number of award ceremonies, so I have chosen my favourite outfit from those. And the winner is….The 70th Annual Golden Globes! Helena wore a Gothic, lace number by Dolce & Gabbana teamed with sunglasses and a Lulu Guinness clutch. This is quite possibly one of my all-time favourite dresses worn by Helena – it is gorgeous!

Favourite Non-Awards-do Outfit
I couldn’t choose between these two very different looks. Back in March, Helena hosted A Night of Funk & Soul for Save the Children, rocking an afro and fruity vintage sunglasses with her Vivienne Westwood frock and Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch. The second look saw Helena don some dreads with her classy jumpsuit at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Both had a bit of a rock-chick vibe to them, don’t you think?

Most Anticipated Project of 2014
We already have lots to look forward to next year: Helena will be starring alongside good-friend, Bill Nighy in the Worricker trilogy. Helena plays Margot Tyrrell, MI5 agent and former girlfriend of Nighy’s Worricker in Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. Helena also reunites with director, Kenneth Branagh to play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella; we now eagerly await the release of the first photos of Helena in-character. Helena is also in talks to be in the upcoming film, Suffragette alongside Carey Mulligan and Anne-Marie Duff – I really hope this goes ahead, because it sounds like it could be fantastic.

Best News
In January, the Critic’s Circle honoured Helena with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s awards. They described Helena as an ‘iconic’ actress and as “one of the most enduring and versatile British actresses of her generation”.

To be chosen for this award is a surprise and an honour. I am delighted! It’s always nice when critics say something nice about you for a change, and especially the critics in your hometown.

Best Surprise Moment
Helena surprised us all when she lost her [live singing] virginity on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in October. She sang ‘Sally’s Song‘ from The Nightmare Before Christmas at Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton concert.

Happy New Year! x


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