HelenmirrenDame Helen Mirren ("The Queen") turns 63 on July 23.

Happy almost birthday, Helen.

The Oscar-winning actress was recently caught by paparazzi while on a pre-birthday holiday in Puglia, on the southern tip of Italy, with her husband, director Taylor Hackford.

In a bikini!

Rather than being frightening, Helen’s candid bathing suit babe shot reveals a figure that any 20-year-old would die for.

Unlike those mortifying Mischa Barton, 22, and Jerry Hall, 52, snaps, these photos are proof that Helen is, hands down, the hottest mature actress on the market.

And she could still do those racy nude scenes in movies, like she used to do, if she wanted.

"I’m famous for getting my kit off," she told Morley Safer when he asked her if she regretted being nude in so many films. Click here to see the video clip.

What makes this bikini photo really incredible is that the British actress is admittedly no gym bunny.

She’s often said that she hates to exercise and refuses to diet.

So what’s her secret?

Must be genetics, darn it.

Or maybe there’s something in the crumpets….

Photo: Helen Mirren in Paris, accepting the French Legion D’Honneur on July 3, 2008.

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead