Published: 2021-11-19 16:12:50 BdST
Mirren, an Oscar winner, has played more than 70 roles ranging from Queen Elizabeth to a secret services assassin over her 45-year career across film, television and theatre.
"Dame Helen Mirren is quite simply a brilliant and luminous talent," said Fran Drescher, president of the SAG-AFTRA union for Hollywood actors.
"She has set the bar very high for all actors and, in role after role, she exceeds even her own extraordinary performances," Drescher added in a statement.
Mirren, 76, will add the award to her Oscar, four Emmys, five SAG awards and a Tony. She started her career on the British stage in the 1960s and had a breakthrough role in television as a troubled police detective in "Prime Suspect" before moving into movies such as "The Queen", "Gosford Park," "RED," and "F9: The Fast Saga".
Mirren said she was honoured to get the award, which will be handed out at the SAG ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb 27.
“Since I was a young actor starting out, I have always been inspired by and learnt from American screen acting, so this award is particularly meaningful for me,” she said in a statement.
Previous recent SAG lifetime achievement honorees include Robert De Niro, Alan Alda, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin.