Nicole Kidman's extraordinary return to West End theatre was unarguably phenomenal, so it's no surprise that the actress has landed the London Evening Standard award for Best Actress for her scientist role in Michael Grandage's 'Photograph 51'; a play which wrapped this weekend.

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman wins big at London Evening Standard awards

The play, written by Anna Ziegler, opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in September 2015 and saw Kidman portray DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin; a real life 50s chemist whose role in the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid was largely overlooked by the male dominated industry at the time, and who sadly died before she could be nominated for a Nobel Prize.

The London Evening Standard awards are the UK's longest-running theatre awards and Kidman will no doubt feel honoured to have been recognised for her latest work. Hopefully, enough so that we may see more of her on the live stage in the future. Indeed, it's been 17 years since the Oscar winning filmstar appeared in a West End show, the last one being David Hare's erotic thriller 'The Blue Room'. 

We hope the prize also makes up for the dismal opening box office performance of her latest film 'The Secret in Their Eyes'. It's a re-make of the Oscar-winning Argentinean crime thriller released in 2009 and also stars Julia Roberts, but despite the impressive cast, weekend takings totalled at just $6.63 million in the US and  $7.1 million altogether worldwide. That's in consideration of a budget of more than twice that: $19.5 million.

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Nonetheless, perhaps her theatre success will rub off in her film career, because she has teamed with 'Photograph 51' director Michael Grandage once again for the upcoming biographical drama 'Genius' in which she stars as legendary costume designer Aline Bernstein alongside Jude Law, Dominic West and Colin Firth.

She is currently filming a sci-fi comedy romance set in the London suburb of Croydon entitled 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties', directed by John Cameron Mitchell.