Helen Mirren pictured looking unrecognisable as Israeli prime minister Golda Meir

Dame Helen Mirren looks completely unrecognisable in the latest photos that have emerged of her in character as Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir.

The usually bright and beaming 76-year-old actress was seen in heavy make-up as she got underway with filming the biopic centred around the first female prime minister of Israel.

Leant over a balcony, Helen was photographed dressed as Meir in a buttoned-up short sleeve shirt dress with dark grey, straggly long hair that was tied back as she puffed on a cigarette.

The film has been coined a “ticking-clock thriller” that will focus on the challenges Meir faced in her governmental position against the all-male cabinet during the Yom Kippur War.

Meir is being made by Oscar-winning Israeli director Guy Nattiv, who received his golden statue for short film Skin, and the biopic was written by Nicholas Martin who also wrote Florence Foster Jenkins.

These images come after the first official look of Helen in the role of Meir was released earlier this month, showing the legendary actress committing to not only the story of the Israeli prime minister, but her distinctive appearance also.

“Golda Meir was a formidable, intransigent and powerful leader. It is a great challenge to portray her at the most difficult moment of her extraordinary life. I only hope I do her justice!” Helen spoke on playing political figure.

Director Nattiv praised the Oscar-winning actress for taking such a significant historical figure.

“I have long been an admirer of the great Helen Mirren,” he said.

“She has melted so brilliantly into Golda Meir's character with incredible talent, intelligence, depth and emotion, doing justice to the richness and complexity of this incredible woman.”

The actors that will star alongside Helen in the political feature include Rami Heuberger from Schlinder's List, Ellie Piercy from Black Mirror and Camille Cottin from Call My Agent.

The Yom Kippur war in 1973 got its name as it was a battle fought by a union of Arab states against Israel at the start of the Jewish Holy Day of the same title.

Ukrainian-born Meir was criticised for the way in which she handled Israeli’s preparation for the war after becoming prime minister of the country in 1969 and eventually stepped down from her position in 1974, before dying in 1978 from cancer at age 80.

She marks one of many real-life people Helen has played in the past, after most recently portraying Catherine the Great in an HBO mini-series released back in 2019.

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