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Angela Lansbury celebrates and Gillian Anderson glows at Olivier awards

By Robert Dex

Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury last night added an Olivier award to her collection for the play that brought her back to the London stage for the first time in 40 years.

The 89-year-old Murder, She Wrote star was named best actress in a supporting role at the 2015 Olivier Awards, held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

It also proved a successful night for the revival of A View from the Bridge, in the centenary of the playwright Arthur Miller's birth, as well as the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon. Lansbury won the award for playing Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Another veteran was named leading actress, with Penelope Wilton beating rival nominees Gillian Anderson - who stars in Northern Ireland crime drama The Fall - and Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in Taken at Midnight, a play set in 1930s Germany.

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