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2016 not been great: Helen

24 December, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Dame Helen Mirren thinks this year has been a "big pile of s**t". The 71-year-old actress was asked to give an "inspirational Christmas message" and admitted that, on reflection, 2016 - which has seen the deaths of a host of famous faces including David Bowie, Prince, and her 'Eye in the Sky' co-star Alan Rickman, Britain opt to leave the EU and Donald Trump elected US president - hasn't been too great. Appearing on 'The Graham Norton Show' alongside her 'Collateral Beauty' co-star Will Smith, she said: "Hello. At this time of celebration and togetherness we have the chance to reflect on the year gone by, and I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a big pile of s**t. So my advice to you is to drink responsibly and be merry. Have a very happy Christmas, but above all go see 'Collateral Beauty' out on Boxing Day. That's Helen. Out." Helen recently spoke of how she finds going to memorial services "inspiring and enlightening" She said: "I'm of an age now that I start going to more memorials. "My darling friend Alan Rickman died last year; I went to his memorial, great actor. The wonderful Garry Marshall, the most brilliant, incredible American producer of television and movies.—contactmusic