Dame Helen Mirren Wins Yet Another Award For Playing The Queen

Dame Helen Mirren has received another award for portraying the Queen of England.

The 68 year-old received the award for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (Nov 17th) for her role in the West End production of 'The Audience.'

Mirren first won an award for playing Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, she received an Oscar for her role in the film 'The Queen'.

The historical drama depicts the death of Princess Diana on August 31st 1997 and upon its release, the critics heavily praised Mirren's performance.

In 'The Audience', the British actress is playing Queen Elizabeth II again, but this time in quite a different role.

Mirren must portray the Queen over a 60 year period, as the play follows the private meetings between her majesty and the British Prime Ministers.

The Academy Award winner told Reuters that the award deserves to be shared with the women she plays.

"I've always felt playing her majesty that it's actually her majesty who's winning the award and not me," she said.

"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."

The night also saw Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear share the Best Actor award for their performances in Shakespeare's 'Othello', Kevin Spacey was awarded for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and David Walliams received a supporting award for his performance as Bottom in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

See all our pictures from the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards here

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Helen Mirren arriving at the award ceremony in London


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