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If she'd ever had children Helen Mirren would have taught her daughter some choice first words.

The actress, who chose not to become a mum, thinks young girls should be encouraged to stand up for themselves in no uncertain terms.

‘If I'd had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been "F*ck off",' says Helen, 68.

‘Because we weren't brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it's quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, "No, f*ck off, leave me alone, thank you very much."'

Helen admits it was difficult being a woman on film sets during the early days of her career.

‘You would be the only female on the set, apart from the continuity person, and maybe your own personal wardrobe person,' the actress tells Event Magazine.

‘Otherwise it was completely male, and a particular kind of testosteroney male that was quite hard to deal with.

‘You had to have a sense of humour, put your head down, you were never going to be one of the boys, if you know what I mean.'

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