London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 05, 2009 -- DAME Helen Mirren called for more women to get behind the camera as she collected a lifetime achievement award yesterday.
The 64-year-old actress was honoured at the Women in Film and Television Awards, attended by stars including Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and actors Toby Stephens, Kerry Fox and Patricia Hodge.
The Oscar-winning star of films such as The Queen, Calendar Girls, State of Play and Gosford Park is also well known for her television role as straight-talking detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect.
Dame Helen, who received her award from veteran actor John Hurt, told how when she started out "it was all men".
"If you were lucky there was one woman," she said. "That was it, everybody else on the set (was a man) and my God it's changed and that's fantastic."
She added: "It has not gone nearly far enoughâ¦ I want more women behind the camera."
Dame Helen modestly put her award down to "being old and also being on time". She said: "We have great women working in this industry. Let's celebrate them with this award."
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