Helen Mirren gives fans a rare glimpse of her glamorous squad on Instagram

By Hanna Fillingham

Though Helen Mirren is notoriously private, she likes to give fans a glimpse of her life on rare occasions and took to Instagram to do just that on Thursday (Feb. 1). The actress shared a very glamorous photo with her girlfriends enjoying a spot of dinner. The 72-year-old star of The Queen wears a cool red leather jacket and white blouse in the snap, sitting around a table with three female friends all dressed in stylish red ensembles.

The photo – which was captioned: "Sunday lunch with my girlfriends," – went down a treat with Helen's followers, who were quick to comment. One wrote: "To cool for school," while another joked: "On Thursday we dress in red." A third told their friend: "We need to coordinate in red next time."

TAP TO VIEW IN GALLERYgroup photo: Helen Mirren and three other friends at their table in a restaurantHelen Mirren enjoyed a glamorous dinner with her friends

Helen joined Instagram in December 2016, and instantly impressed fans with her range of selfies. Over time, the award-winning actress has taken to share snippets from her life, with images ranging from travel snaps to selfies with Hollywood stars. Helen was recently branded a "Goddess" by one social media user after she shared a makeup-free selfie of herself in Los Angeles. In the picture, the actress stood in front of a backdrop of lit-up buildings, captioning it: "I hold the super red blue moon over Los Angeles."

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Helen Mirren selfie placing her fingers around a distant sun as it comes downHelen was recently praised by fans after posting a makeup-free photo while in LA

Last month, Helen reunited with her old flame Liam Neeson while appearing on The Graham Norton Show. The Hollywood stars were asked about their five-year-romance, with Liam admitting he was "head over heels" in love with the British actress. Helen then revealed: "We didn’t date, we lived together for four years – we were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!"

The former couple were in a relationship between 1980 and 1985 after meeting on the set of 1981 movie Excalibur, which also starred Nigel Terry and Patrick Stewart. Taken star Liam, 65, admitted that he harboured a huge crush on Helen. "Before I met her and we worked together I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back and I turned around one day and she was doing that to me," he shared.

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