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Mirren 'haunted' by that sexy red bikini snapshot

ACTRESS Helen Mirren said the famous photo of her in a red bikini will "haunt" her for the rest of her life.

The actress was snapped by a photographer on a beach in Italy three years ago on holiday and the pictures went round the world -- cementing her reputation as a sex symbol.

Mirren (66) said: "I think the thing that will haunt me for the rest of my life is that bloody photograph of myself in a bikini.

"In and of itself, it is a lie because I don't actually look like that and I know that that is going to haunt me forever and I'll be forever trying to bury it unsuccessfully."

The Oscar-winning actress learned her trade in the theatre before going on to star as detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect and in dozens of films.

She was speaking a press conference for her new film, The Debt, in which she plays a retired Israeli secret agent.

The cast also includes Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds and Jessica Chastain who plays Mirren in a flashback to the Cold War era where she is hunting a Nazi war criminal.