They were a 25 panic buy from a tacky Hollywood shop when she was caught short without a pair of heels.


But the "stripper's shoes" which helped Dame Helen Mirren scooped an Emmy last year proved a good luck charm once again.
Dame Helen won a best actress award at the Emmys for the second year running - in the same pair of shoes.
The Perspex six-inch high stilettos were bought in a frenzy hours before last year's ceremony when the 62-year-old actress realised she had forgotten her high heels.
Midas touch: the actress won for her role in Prime Suspect



At the time she joked: "My biggest triumph is not falling arse over tit. If you saw the shoes I had on you would understand."
This year she had clearly decided that the shoes, which would be more at home on an exotic dancer, would be a good omen as she gave them another outing, with equally rewarding results.
She wore them beneath a plunging purple satin floor length gown during Sunday night's ceremony, to pick up the award for best actress in a mini-series or movie for her role as Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect: The Final Act.
The award comes on top of an Oscar, a Bafta and two Golden Globes that she has picked up in the last 12 months for performances in The Queen and Elizabeth I.
She has previously won three Emmy awards for Elizabeth I last year, Prime Suspect 4 in 1996 and also for The Passion of Ayn Rand in 1999.
Ricky's extra: Gervais (right) couldn't attend the ceremony, so Steve Carell - who lost out in the same category for playing David Brent in the US version of The Office - bounded on stage, sharing a hug with Stewart and co-presenter Stephen Colbert



Doctor in the house: Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl won best supporting actress in a drama series


Mob-handed: James Gandolfini's series The Sopranos won the award for outstanding drama series

Bright side: British star Ashley Jensen cheered on her Ugly Betty pal America Ferrera, who won best actress in a comedy series


Despite her success in the US, Dame Helen appeared to take a sideways swipe at the nation which has rewarded her with so many gongs in recent months.
She said: "You Americans are wonderfully generous people. You are a lot of other things as well. Some good, some bad."
The actress, who failed to explain her veiled barb at the US, added: "It has been an incredible year, from about this time last year through to the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
"It was a pretty amazing year to have later in one's life. It's very gratifying."
Dame Helen led the charge of the Brits at this year's event with comic Ricky Gervais also picking up a surprise award as best actor in a comedy for TV series Extras, beating stiff competition from home grown favourites Alec Baldwin and Charlie Sheen.
Steve Carell, 45, the man who plays David Brent in the US version of the Office collected it on his behalf as Gervais, 46, was performing on stage in London.
The Emmy was the latest in the British comedian's list of gongs after The Office won two Golden Globes, including the best comedy actor for Gervais in 2004.
While he had been unable to attend, his Extras' co-star Ashley Jensen, 38 showed a remarkable transformation from her frumpy character Maggie when she appeared on the red carpet in a hot pink frock.
She has undergone a glamorous makeover since moving to LA and starring in hit show Ugly Betty.
Her co-star in the TV series America Ferrera, 26, won the award for best female actor in a comedy.
The Sopranos became the first TV drama since ITV's Upstairs, Downstairs in 1977 to win the best drama prize after the series had actually finished, picking up three awards in total.
Sopranos star James Gandolfini was beaten to the best actor award by James Spader, who appears in courtroom drama Boston Legal.
Even former American vice president Al Gore got in on the act winning the first interactive TV Emmy for his Current TV cable network.
Also in attendance at the star studded bash were stars of Desperate Housewives Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria.
They appeared to be in competition with each other to see who could wear the most daring neckline.
Sparkling: Eva Longoria presented an award for the best supporting actress

Good neighbours: Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross dazzled on the red carpet



Holding back the years: Michelle Pfeiffer with husband David E Kelly

Music makers: Pregnant singer Christina Aguilera performed a duet of Steppin' Out With My Baby with veteran crooner Tony Bennett. Kayne West (right) appeared in a sketch with Rainn Wilson, the star of the American version of The Office





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