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Friday 23 March 2018

'Queen' Helen to preside over peace prize concert

Tom Rowley

HELEN Mirren will host the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway next month, organisers announced yesterday.

The actress, currently filming a drama about US music producer Phil Spector with Al Pacino, will compere a line-up including Evanescence and 'Glee' star Matthew Morrison.

Other performers will include David Gray, Ellie Goulding, Jill Scott and the World Youth Choir.

Ms Mirren, star of 'The Queen' and 'Prime Suspect', has won an Oscar, three Golden Globes, four BAFTAs and four Emmy awards in a career spanning 45 years.

The concert will be held in Oslo on December 11 -- the day after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which this year honours Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Liberian women's rights activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkul Karman, a democracy activist from Yemen.

Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said: "The Nobel Committee is thrilled to welcome Helen Mirren and these acclaimed artists to help us spread the message of peace around the world.

"It promises to be a truly spectacular evening."

The Nobel Peace Prize has previously honoured Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

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