Helen Mirren Wins London Theatre Award for Her Role as Queen Elizabeth II

Helen Mirren

Being named Best Actress for her performance in the West End production of 'The Audience', the Oscar-winning actress feels like 'it's actually her majesty who's winning the award.'
Helen Mirren once again got acknowledged for her portrayal of the Queen of England. On Sunday, November 17, she was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the West End production of "The Audience".

The vet actress said the award should be shared with the queen. "I've always felt playing her majesty that it's actually her majesty who's winning the award and not me," she told Reuters. "I did feel very much doing a play that the response to the play was as much a response to that person, that extraordinary woman, as it was to my performance. But I should be very proud."

Mirren won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's movie "The Queen". She also portrayed British queen Elizabeth I on 2005's TV series "Elizabeth I", which helped her earn Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress.

At the Theatre Awards, Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester shared the Best Actor award for their performances in "Othello", in which the both played Olivier. "Chimerica" directed by Lucy Kirkwood was dubbed the Best Play, and Kevin Spacey nabbed Editor's Award for his contribution to British theatre. Dame Maggie Smith, meanwhile, was honored with the London Evening Standard Theatre Icon award for her contribution to the world stage.

  • Best Actor (Joint): Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester - "Othello", National
  • Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress: Helen Mirren - "The Audience", Gielgud
  • Best Play: "Chimerica" - Lucy Kirkwood, Almeida & Harold Pinter
  • Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical: "Merrily We Roll Along" - Menier Chocolate Factory & Harold Pinter
  • Best Director: Richard Eyre - "Ghosts", Almeida
  • Best Design: Bob Crowley - "People", National (Lyttelton) & "The Audience", Gielgud & Once, Phoenix
  • Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright: Rachel De-lahay - "Routes", Royal Court
  • Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer: Seth Numrich - "Sweet Bird of Youth", Old Vic
  • Best Musical Performance: Rosalie Craig - "The Light Princess", National (Lyttelton)
  • Emerging Talent Award in Partnership with Burberry: Cush Jumbo - "Josephine and I", Bush
  • Award for Comedy: David Walliams - For his performance as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • Beyond Theatre Award: BBC Proms 2013
  • Editor's Award: Kevin Spacey
  • Lebedev Special Award: Lord Lloyd-Webber
  • London Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award: Dame Maggie Smith

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