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By: Matt Hickman on March 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Helen Mirren, 66

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Helen Mirren

No list of good-looking, clock-defying celebrities of a certain age is complete without fearless — and frequently topless — 66-year-old British thesp, Helen Mirren.

Born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov to a Russian father and an English mother in 1945, the great Dame revealed to The Daily Mail in 2010 that stripper shoes and sucking it in are among her beauty secrets: “Holding your tummy in is another trick for making you look and feel good. I don’t know why, but I do, by nature, hold my tummy in.” She adds: “Four-inch platforms give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long. I used only to be able to get them in stripper shops, but now you can buy them everywhere — although, unfortunately, that means everyone else has discovered the trick too.”

Other than that, Mirren’s secrets to staying sexy-past-60 aren’t particularly mind-blowing: plenty of sleep, a sensible diet, vitamins and hitting the gym on occasion: “I do it, but honestly, it's not particularly a beauty thing, it's just that as one gets older, one has to keep up one's energy levels, and if you want to do that, you can't stop exercising. But you know, we can't actually stay young, and it's ridiculous to pretend we can.” And on the topic of pretending to stay young, Mirren has reportedly never subjected herself to the surgeon’s knife, although she does sympathize with celebrities who opt for a bit of tasteful nip and tuckery. She revealed in 2010: “You go, 'I don't want to look at that face anymore,' and I understand that, absolutely. I think people should be allowed to do whatever they want to make themselves feel happy.”