Helen Mirren has had her say on the “authoritarianism” and cancel culture creeping into the arts in regards to creators being told what they can and cannot write or perform about.

The 78-year-old, whose CV boasts almost six decades’ worth of acting credits, has faced criticism for being cast in the role of Jewish former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir in the biopic, Golda.

Meir, who died in 1978, served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974 and a new biopic is set to hit screens about her time in office, focussing particularly on the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Mirren’s participation in the project has sparked a debate about whether it’s performative “Jewface” in which a non-Jewish actor depicts a Jewish person.

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