What caught my attention enough to post this was the article’s mention that she quotes The Tempest in her acceptance speech:
And all those incredibly carnival of characters that march into battle on any film – I thank you all, it has been an amazing journey up to now. I’m going to finish with the words of a great writer.
‘Our revels now are ended. These our actors. As I foretold you, were all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision. The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself.
‘Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve; And, like this insubstantial pageant faded. Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.’
Something is missing from this article, though, which goes on to talk about past BAFTA winners, and what Dame Helen was wearing. There’s not even one mention of the fact that she portrayed Prospero and delivered that speech on film even more recently than she portrayed the Queen!