Helen Mirren's 'The Audience' Queen Performance Wins Standard Award

Dame Helen Mirren has once again been lauded for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, this time for her turn in West End production, The Audience. The 68 year-old star was named best actress at the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the weekend's awards ceremony.

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Helen Mirren Is The London Evening Standard's Best Actress.

However, Mirren was reluctant to hog all the praise to herself, telling reporters that she felt that the Queen was also deserving. "I did feel very much that the response to the play was as much a response to that person, that extraordinary woman, as it was to my performance," she said, via BBC News.

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Helen added, via The Independent: "They loved it but they were loving the Queen really they're not really loving me. It's her and that incredible history. She's the one person who's been in my life the longest apart from my sister. It's amazing to be a part of that."

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The Actress Felt That The Queen Herself Had A Huge Impact On The Role's Perception.

Mirren most notably played the monarch in the 2006 drama, The Queen which won her the Academy and BAFTA awards for Best Actress. When she made her way back on to the stage this year playing the same role, she was named best actress at the Laurence Olivier Awards. Now she can count her Standard Award amongst her glittering trophy haul.

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Damian Lewis Hosted The Sparkling Awards Ceremony.

At the glamorous London event hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were the surprise joint winners in the Best Actor category after judges apparently found it impossible to pick one over the other.

Meanwhile, Lucy Kirkwood's US-China relations production Chimerica was awarded Best Play, the Award for Comedy went to David Walliams, Dame Maggie Smith picked up the Theatre Icon Award and Richard Eyre was named Best Director for Ghosts.

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Rory Kinnear Was Namd Joint Best Actor For His Portrayal Of Iago In 'Othello.'

The editor of the Evening Standard, Sarah Sands, said: "We, like the rest of the world, have been dazzled by the talent on show. It feels important for London's paper to celebrate this significant sector that spills over into other areas of cultural life."


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