Helen Mirren, 74, enjoys steamy romp with toy boy in Catherine The Great scene

Helen Mirren, 74, plays 18th Century Russian Empress Catherine The Great in the new Sky drama, who famously overthrew her King husband to rule one of the world's biggest empires.

The historic drama examines the great love between the Russian ruler and military man Grigory Potemkin (played by Jason Clarke).

And judging by the new stills from the upcoming third episode – set to air on October 17 – the British actress enjoys a hot, steamy night of passion with her toy boy lover.

Proving age is just a number, the scene shows Russian Queen Catherine laying on the bed flat on her back as she kisses the younger male in the sexually-charged embrace.

Her lover is Alexander Mamonov (Andrew Rothney), but judging by her face the Russian royal was less than impressed with his performance.

During the end of the scene Catherine can be seen covering her birthday suit with a royal gown, which was particularly glamorous for the time, while her bare-bottomed fling makes a quick getaway.

The four-part series also reveals Catherine's love affair with Potemkin and how it impacted the later years of her rule.

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The Hollywood A Lister recently blasted some of the remarks that were made about the royal's sex life, labelling the allegations surrounding the 18th century monarch "appalling".

Comments included how she passed away while attempting to be intimate with a horse and that she was a "mad, sexual, voracious creature".

Discussing the historic sexism that faced women during those times, she explained some of the claims were "a complete lie".

"It's appalling, the way history treats successful, powerful women. It has to pull them down. Her unbelievable achievements were very successful, obfuscated by history," she told The Sun.

"I have feminist friends who say, 'Oh, what are you going to do about the horse?', which of course is a complete lie, a classic way of belittling her. She was in fact a serial monogamist."

Addressing the double standards between male historical figures and women, she said: "You look at the way Louis XIV or Henry VIII behaved — their behaviour was completely acceptable, whereas Catherine had a series of four or five relationships, which in any modern woman's life is not that many."

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