Actor Colin Firth and Dame Helen Mirren pose backstage during the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Helen Mirren (Getty Images) Helen Mirren
picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2006's The Queen
, and she has little doubt her fellow Brit Colin Firth
will follow in her footsteps this year for The King's Speech.
She told BANG Showbiz: "I would rate his chances 100 percent for winning an Oscar. I think his performance is spectacular and I'm proud to be a British actor alongside him.
"Life doesn't really change after you win an Oscar. Colin is already a world famous actor and respected actor so I don't think it will change that too much. But it is an amazing time in your career and what Colin is going through, there's nothing like it."
Helen also admitted while she is thrilled to be seen as a style icon, she considers herself to be more of a "bag lady."
Speaking at the European premiere of her new film Brighton Rock
, Helen said: "I would love to have longer legs. Being called a style icon is great. At my age it's like wish come true because I think of myself as more of a bag lady.
"I wash up nicely but mostly I'm not a style icon."
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