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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Dame Helen gets Olivier nomination

Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for an Olivier award for playing The Queen on stage
Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for an Olivier award for playing The Queen on stage

Dame Helen Mirren and Billie Piper will go head-to-head at this year's Olivier Awards - while James McAvoy is in the running for Macbeth.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, based on the hit murder mystery novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Actor, New Play, and Director.

Dame Helen is up for Best Actress for her role as the Queen in The Audience, which has garnered five nominations.

The production, inspired by the Queen's weekly audience with prime ministers at Buckingham Palace, is also up for New Play, Director (Stephen Daldry) and Supporting Actor for Richard McCabe's performance as Harold Wilson.

Former Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star Piper is in the running for Best Actress for The Effect, set in the world of pharmaceutical drug trials.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Old Times) and Hattie Morahan (A Doll's House) are also nominated in the same category.

X-Men star McAvoy, who has earned rave reviews for his role in Macbeth, goes up against Rafe Spall for Constellations and Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss for the Best Actor award.

Twelfth Night's Mark Rylance and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time's Luke Treadaway are also nominated.

Former Pop Idol star Will Young is up for Best Actor In A Musical for his West End debut in Cabaret.

The Olivier Awards, established in 1976 and now sponsored by MasterCard, take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday April 28, hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith.

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