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British actress Dame Helen Mirren has praised the work done by teaches who inspire during her acceptance speech at the Bafta awards.
The famed actress took to the stage to accept he award for outstanding contribution to film at the Bafta awards ceremony and took the opportunity to give a heartfelt speech about he own inspirational teacher Alice Welding.
The star of The Queen said: “My journey to this place, right here, right now, began with a great teacher, Alice Welding, who died two weeks ago at the age of 102.”
She continued: “She revealed to me the power of literature, and she recognised my need to live in that world of imagination and world of poetry. She alone was the person who encouraged me to become an actor.”
This is not the first time that Helen Mirren has spoken about the power that the teacher gave her to follow her chosen career. She has previously referred to the teacher in an article for the TES whee she described her teacher as being “small in stature with a quiet voice” but stating that is was thanks to the help given by he teacher that she then went on to join the National Youth Theatre and finally to go on to be one of the most praised actresses of a generation.
Alice Welding taught Helen Mirren at St Bernard’s Convent Grammar school in Essex and clearly had a profound effect on her career to mention her during such an important acceptance speech.
Helen Mirren went on to say during the speech: “How many of you remember that great teacher who inspired you and opened the gate to the path that led you here?” Many hands in the room went up at this point, Helen Mirren then continued: “That’s a lot of teachers. So let’s right now thank those teachers.
“My teachers in film have of course included directors…producers…costumiers, make-up artists, cinematographers, focus-pullers, clapper-loaders. Drivers especially. That honey wagon, you know, without which we’d all be squatting in the bushes – in fact, I did squat in the bushes quite often.”
Helen Mirren then concluded he speech with a line from The Tempest: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”
The speech made great impact on the audience both in the theatre and watching on television, mainly because Helen Mirren managed to engage everyone in her speech and make it able to relate to their own lives. By drawing in an audience and making a speech something that every person can relate to, you can then captivate an audience and ensure that they remain focused on your speech.