A number of other actors have faced backlash of a similar ilk while other stars have been the ones vocal in their criticism, including in this instance, Maureen Lipman of Mirren.
Helen Mirren as Golda Meir in the upcoming biopic
Both Mirren and the film's writer Nicholas Martin have addressed the uproar sparked by her inclusion in Golda, however, and both stand by the decisions made.
Martin claimed the "Jewface" debate wasn't "helpful,” as he hit out: "Helen’s job was to portray Golda authentically, which Golda’s family would say she has.
"A leading Israeli historian said that Helen is 'more Golda than Golda'. I find it very worrying that there is a creeping authoritarianism in entertainment saying you cannot do this or that."
Martin went on to rhetorically muse if he was supposed to solely "write about middle-aged men living in south London" before Mirren weighed in with her thoughts.
She added to Radio Times: "The whole issue of casting has exploded out of the water fairly recently. I’ve had other Jewish roles but not an uber-Jewish role like Golda Meir.
"I did tell Guy (Nativ) [director] that I’m not Jewish, in case he thought I was," she continued before even stating that she would've left the project if the film's director had thought it an issue.
Addressing the "creeping authoritarianism" Martin brought up and the cancellation that may ensue if it's defied, Mirren explained: "I think, in a way, that it’s more frightening for a writer to be told they are not allowed to write about subjects with which they don’t have an immediate DNA connection.
"I imagine it must be very alarming. And ridiculous," she concluded.
Helen Mirren was speaking in this week's Radio Times