Hollywood actor Denzel Washington faced regular heckling from the audience while he was performing in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, according to his co-star Sophie Okonedo.

The British actress, who won a Tony Award last month (14) for her turn in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed play, starred opposite the Oscar winner during the run, and admits working with such a famous actor had its drawbacks.

Despite the serious nature of the drama, fans would yell out at Washington throughout the performance, and a kissing scene often prompted banter from the crowd.

Okonedo tells British newspaper The Guardian, "People would should out: 'Don't, Denzel!' or 'You can't treat her like that!' At one point, Denzel and I have a kiss on stage and a woman shouted out, from the gods, 'Forget her - I'm up here!'"

The drama, which also won Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards, closed last month (Jun14).