DAME Helen Mirren has shared the "magic" of Bradford with the world this week as filming begins on The Duke.

The award-winning actress has left many Bradfordians starstruck as she toured round the city's sights and feasted in the UK's curry capital.

The star is also joined by Jim Broadbent, who has been spotted outside City Hall, and Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead for their latest film on a famous art heist from the 1960s.

In and amongst her busy schedule, the actress celebrated "the one and only Bradford" with this industrial, night time photograph, leading T&A editor, Nigel Burton, to invite the Dame to the newspaper's Camera Club.

The Dame also surprised the cast of Snow White and the Seven Drawrfs at the Alhambra Theatre with panto legend Billy Pearce telling fans he was "chuffed to bits".


The actress said: "Last night at the Panto Snow White in the magnificent Alhambra Theater in Bradford, I yelled “He’s behind you” and wearing my lit up blue tiara and laughed my socks off at two legends, Billy Pearce and Paul Chuckle. It was an honour to meet them afterwards. Thank you, you guys are truely awesome."

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Sporting her £5 flashing tiara, Helen Mirren also met pop star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Faye Tozer, family TV favourite Paul Chuckle and Snow White herself, Sarah Goggin.

Faye Tozer said: "Still can’t believe Dame Helen Mirren came to see our panto last night. What a beautiful lady... and wearing her flashing tiara she’d bought on the way in. I couldn’t love her more!"

There was also time for a curry at Mumtaz, with many fans guessing she ordered a masala fish dish.

The Dame said there's "nothing like Indian/Pakistani dinner in Bradford" and that it "Doesn’t get any better".

To end the week on a high, the cast and crew enioyed an eighties night out in leg warmers, tutus and belted tops with crimped hair.

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