Earlier in the month Dame Helen Mirren lost her temper at some noisy drummers who disrupted a performance of her play, however her recent actions for a terminally ill child and her family, will melt even the hardest of hearts.
Oliver Burton, 10, who is terminally ill with leukaemia and suffers from Down Syndrome which has meant his body was not able to fight the blood cancer as effectively had asked to meet the real Queen however this request was declined by Buckingham Palace. So rather than giving up, The National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust wrote to Dame Helen, who is reprising her role as Her Majesty in “The Audience” in London’s West End, and she was more than happy to grant the wish of this brave and ill young man.
The family were invited to The Gielgud Theatre where they watched Dame Helen and the rest of the cast in action, then after the production they were taken to the dressing rooms. Dame Helen, still in her majestic costume, sat down with Oliver and she even brought her corgis. Oliver and Dame Helen shared a tea of sandwiches, biscuits and cola. After that she even “knighted” him dubbing him Sir Oliver.
The doctors have not given Oliver’s family a timeline as to when Oliver will eventually lose his fight with the cancer. His family, however, will be left with some amazing memories of Oliver having his dying wish granted.
Dame Helen Mirren is currently starring in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, London until 15th June 2013.