“I had to fight her off”: Helen Mirren Almost had to Give Up her Barbie Role to Olivia Colman in Deleted Scene

Helen Mirren Had a Hilarious Scene with Olivia Colman That Did Not Make It into the Final Cut of Barbie

"I had to fight her off": Helen Mirren Almost had to Give Up her Barbie Role to Olivia Colman in Deleted Scene


  • Hollywood veteran Helen Mirren almost appeared in Barbie apart from her role as the Narrator.
  • Helen Mirren had a hilarious scene with fellow British actress Olivia Colman.
  • Mirren and Colman are not the only actresses whose cameos did not come to fruition in Barbie.
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British actress Helen Mirren is a Hollywood veteran who has been in the industry for over six decades. She has won numerous accolades throughout her career but is the only performer to have achieved both the American and the British Triple Crowns of Acting. Although she is a beloved British actress, she also has the honorary status of America’s Sweetheart.


Primarily known for her excellent work as an actress, Helen Mirren is also adored for her ability to make fun of the regal presence she brings to the screen. The actress had an off-screen role in Greta Gerwig’s box-office mammoth Barbie. She recently revealed that she almost appeared in person in the movie in a hilarious scene with Olivia Colman.

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren Had to Fight Off Olivia Colman in Deleted Barbie Scene

Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig, took the world by storm upon its release alongside Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller- Oppenheimer. The movie, with its ensemble cast and one-of-a-kind storytelling, impressed the audience. It became the highest-grossing movie of 2023. Not to mention the Barbenheimer trend that Barbie and Oppenheimer started due to their shared release date.

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Though she does not make an appearance on the screen, Helen Mirren is a part of Barbie‘s ensemble cast. She plays the role of the Narrator, which is quite unmistakable in all honesty. She has now revealed that she also appeared as herself in the movie, but the scene did not make it into the final cut.

While talking to Variety in a recent interview, Helen Mirren said:

“It was a very funny scene with Olivia Colman sort of playing drunk and us clashing about who is the real grande dame of British actresses. She comes in and tries to take over the role of the Narrator, and I had to fight her off.”

Mirren went on to say that the scene was a parody because British actors support each other. The scene was eventually cut off from the final edit. So, the audience missed their chance to see two of the best British actresses fighting on the screen.


Helen Mirren and Olivia Colman Were Not the Only Actresses Whose Cameos Did Not Make It into Barbie

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan
Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan

There is no doubt that Helen Mirren and Olivia Colman’s cameos would have been great to see in Barbie, but as it turns out, these were not the only actresses whose cameos did not make it into the final cut of Barbie.

Greta Gerwig’s long-time collaborator Saoirse Ronan was also supposed to make a cameo in the movie. In an interview with Variety, she said:

“I was definitely going to be a Weird Barbie. I don’t know how to take that. I would have been with Kate McKinnon, so that would have been nice. I had a scene but didn’t ever get to do it, and it wasn’t in the movie.”

Timothee Chalamet, another of Greta Gerwig’s long-time collaborators, was also supposed to make a cameo, but that also did not come to fruition due to scheduling conflicts.


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