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Actor Kinnear up for double award

Rory Kinnear has been shortlisted for two prestigious theatre awards - for his work as an actor and as a playwright.

The multi-talented James Bond star is shortlisted along with his Othello co-star Adrian Lester for the best actor gong at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, widely expected to be Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave, completes the shortlist and is nominated for his performance in A Season In The Congo at the Young Vic.

Rory, who plays Bill Tanner in the Bond films, is also nominated for the Charles Wintour award for most promising playwright for The Herd, which is set around the 21st birthday party of a severely disabled man called Andy Griffith and included Sherlock star Louise Brealey in the cast.

Dame Helen Mirren, Billie Piper and Kristin Scott Thomas are all shortlisted for the Natasha Richardson award for best actress, along with Linda Bassett and Lesley Manville.

The awards, now in their 59th year, will be hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis at the Sa voy Hotel on Sunday November 17.

The current director of the National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner, is nominated for best director along with one of his predecessors - Richard Eyre - and the man set to replace him, Rufus Norris.

Lyndsey Turner is a lso nominated for her work on Chimerica.

The awards also include best musical and best design.

Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands said: " This shortlist is one of our strongest in years.

"The West End is in rude health. Established schemes such as NT Live have really come into their own, bringing theatre to a wider audience and inspiring others to come up with new ideas.

"The Evening Standard is proud to play a part in London's theatrical life with these awards at a time when it is buzzing with so much creativity."

Previous winners include Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Patrick Stewart.

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