Mirren and Brand's brief encounter


Dame Helen Mirren was given a pair of underpants by her co-star Russell Brand

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed that Russell Brand gave her a special memento from their time working together – a pair of his underpants.

The Oscar-winning actress said the pair became so close on the set of upcoming comedy Arthur that newly-wed Russell decided to present her with the smalls.

“I am going to have them framed!” Helen joked to Us Magazine. “And put them over my bed!”

The British stars, who also acted together in The Tempest film last year, still get on famously.

“We’re really close friends,” Helen said. “I wear the safety pin that he gave me around my neck all the time!”

It’s not the first time Helen and Russell have gone public about their friendship – last year the comic posted a picture on Twitter of the 65-year-old actress giving him a bath.

He tweeted: “At last. A bath from Helen Mirren. Never has getting clean been more dirty.”

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