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'Queen' Mirren meets with young cancer patient

Posted by Erica Thompson  May 22, 2013 02:40 PM

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Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen," took on a new role as "do-gooder" during her recent visit with 10-year-old Oliver Burton.

Ten-year-old Oliver was recently diagnosed with terminal spine and bone marrow cancer. His dream was to meet the Queen of England, but she was reportedly unable to make time for him.

Enter Mirren, who invited Oliver and his family to attend Peter Morgan's play, "The Audience," in which she plays the Queen, and to accompany her backstage for tea, cake, and to meet her corgis.

According to Oliver's father, James Browne, the boy who also has Downs Syndrome thought that Mirren was the real queen during the visit. He told the Daily Mail that 'She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us."

Thought's on Mirren's act of kindness? Sound off in the comments.

 

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