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Mirren nominated for role as Queen

Published 28/04/2015

Dame Helen Mirren as the Queen in The Audience
Dame Helen Mirren as the Queen in The Audience

Helen Mirren has been nominated for a Tony award for her performance as the Queen in The Audience.

The actress, who won an Oscar playing the monarch in The Queen, is nominated for the best actress in a play award along with fellow British stars Carey Mulligan and Ruth Wilson.

The Audience, written by Peter Morgan, is inspired by the private weekly meetings between the Queen and Britain's prime ministers - 12 in all - over her six-decade reign.

It has been a critical and commercial success in both London and New York

She said: "It is a honour to be nominated and to become a part of the grand tradition of American theatre. I am very lucky that I speak American. Albeit in the play with a very British accent. It is a very exciting season on Broadway, with many great plays, musicals, and performances, so just to be a part of that is a thrill."

Wolf Hall star Ben Miles is nominated for the best actor award for his role as Thomas Cromwell in the play based on Hilary Mantel's best-selling novels.

He is shortlisted alongside stars including Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper.

The Tony Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sunday June 7 which will be hosted by Alan Cumming and American actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Dame Helen also faces competition from Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss and Geneva Carr on the shortlist.

Her co-star, Richard McCabe, who plays Labour prime minister Harold Wilson, is nominated for the award for an actor in a featured role in a play, alongside Nathaniel Parker, who plays King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night- Time, which started life at the National Theatre, has six nominations, including best play and b est performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for Alex Sharp.

Wolf Hall is also nominated for best play.

David Hare's Skylight gets seven nominations including nods for Mulligan and director Stephen Daldry.

Two of its stars, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard, are nominated for awards for actors in a leading role and a featured role respectively .

Writer and comedian John O'Farrell is nominated for best book of a musical for his work on Something Rotten and Sting is shortlisted for best original score for his musical The Last Ship despite it closing after a run of just three months.

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