Helen Mirren Takes Home More Hardware at the Laurence Olivier Awards
Helen Mirren took home another award for playing Queen Elizabeth II at last night’s Laurence Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s highest stage honor. Mirren won Best Actress in a Play for her performance in “The Audience,” she won an Academy Award playing QE2 in 2006 for The Queen. Mirren — the only known British actor who never appeared in any of the Harry Potter films — adds her first Olivier Award to an already crowded trophy case which includes an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, three SAG awards, two Best Actress Awards at the Cannes Film Festival and a partridge in a pear tree.
On stage, Mirren joked that the 87-year-old queen whom she plays deserves the award, “for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century, and probably the 21st century.” “The Audience” is written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, and chronicles behind-closed-door meetings between Elizabeth and British prime ministers throughout her reign including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron. Mirren’s co-star Richard McCabe won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Other big winners at last night’s awards include “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” — based on the Mark Haddon bestseller — which won Best New Play, Best Actor in a Play (Luke Treadway), Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Nicola Walker), Best Director (Marianne Elliott), Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. A revival of “Sweeney Todd” took home three trophies, for Best Musical Revival, Best Actress in a Musical (Imelda Staunton) and Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Ball).