Helen Mirren reveals why she never wanted children but admits she cried uncontrollably over missing out

Helen Mirren at the premiere of Eye In The Sky at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, NY, USA, on March 9, 2016.
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren adores children, but other people’s.

The Queen actress, 70, is a Hollywood star and has been with director Taylor Hackford since 1986, with the couple marrying in 1997.

But having children has never appealed to Helen, who has two stepchildren from husband Hackford’s previous relationship, but she admits there has been a moment when she mourned the “loss” of not experiencing being a mother.

“I love children, they are so funny and so sweet, but I never wanted my own,” she told the Sunday Times’ Culture magazine.

GettyHelen Mirren arrives at the 'Die Goldene Kamera' (Golden Camera) awards ceremony in Hamburg
Helen Mirren arrives at the ‘Die Goldene Kamera’ (Golden Camera) awards ceremony in Hamburg

“I have never had a moment of regret about not having children. Well, I lie. When I watched the movie, Parenthood, I sobbed for about 20 minutes.”

She continued: “It was about the whole story of being a parent and how it never stops, even when you’re a grandparent.

“I realised I would never experience that, and for about 20 minutes, I sobbed for the loss of that and the fact that I never experienced it.”

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