Helen Mirren copyright © Brenna/Jason Fraser

In a recent poll by the LA Fitness gym chain, we found out who 2,000 people from Britain thought had the best body. It isn’t Jennifer Lopez or young models from some “secret” underwear chain — it was Helen Mirren.

At 66 years young, Mirren has been in the headlines since winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the film “The Queen.” It was a 2008 photo [seen left] that undoubtedly shone the spotlight on the actress sexy staying power as she was seen on a beach. Mirren can be seen in a bikini, rocking an incredible body that women a third her age could envy. Her biggest secret may be sleep, something that Jennifer Lopez also credits as part of her beauty routine. She explains, “I sleep. When I’m working really hard, I don’t party. I don’t go to the bar after work. I don’t go out to restaurants. I just go to bed. If I’m on a film, I even try to catch some sleep in my trailer at lunchtime. I really try to sleep as much as possible. It’s very important and, as you get older, it becomes more so.”

Along with sleep, Mirren credits her body to playing on her Wii. While some may scoff at the little video game system, I can assure you that half an hour of the little system will leave you out of breath. We talked about running and how it can help your beauty, and with Mirren's toned physique it seems as though the actress takes cardio seriously, even if it is in front of a TV with Wii remotes in her hand.

When you look at the entire list, it seems as though while Americans favor a younger set, the UK crowd find some beauty in those that are older with well kept bodies.

Also listed were women in their 40s such as supermodel Elle Machpherson (who is nicknamed "The Body"), Jennifer Lopez, and on the men side- Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, David Hasselhoff, and Simon Cowell made up the 40+ crowd.

Hopefully this will inspire individuals to not just worry about their fine lines and graying hair as it is the entire package that makes you look younger. Take a look at the list below and tell us your thoughts about a Ms Mirren getting the nod for best body 2011.



Top 10 Female Celebrities
1. Helen Mirren - 17.65%
2. Elle MacPherson - 10.6%
3. Kelly Brook - 8.35%
4. Jennifer Lopez - 6.6%
5. Cheryl Cole - 5.35%
6. Myleene Klass - 4.2%
7. Holly Willoughby - 4.1%
8. Pippa Middleton - 4%
9. Kate Winslet - 3.9%
10. Nicole Scherzinger - 3.8%

Top 10 Male Celebrities
1. David Beckham - 21%
2. Daniel Craig - 15.75%
3. Johnny Depp - 10.25%
4. Brad Pitt - 9.35%
5. Peter Andre - 6.65%
6. David Hasselhoff - 3.55%
7. Rafael Nadal - 3.3%
8. Ryan Reynolds - 3%
9. Robbie Williams - 2.3%
10. Simon Cowell - 1.95%