Dame Helen Mirren feels sad to have missed out on the chance to perform her play The Audience for Queen Elizabeth II following news the British monarch is set to see the show with another actress in the lead role.

The veteran star, who won an Oscar for royal drama The Queen, reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth Ii for West End show The Audience in 2013, and she is poised to launch the play on Broadway while another actress, Kristin Scott Thomas, leads the cast in London.

It was recently announced that the Queen is to visit the London show to see Scott Thomas play her on stage, and Mirren admits she is disappointed she never got to share her performance with the woman she portrays.

She tells the New York Times, "I wish the Queen had come to see the play, but it would have been impossible... I think she would have felt proud of herself... When I took my bow at the end, they were not applauding me. They were applauding the Queen."