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Co Tyrone actor Fra Fee scoops top theatre award alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman

Co Tyrone actor Fra Fee was among the winners at the WhatsOnStage Awards on Sunday, with fellow recipients including Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

The 30-year-old from Killyman, won the best supporting actor in a play award for his role in The Ferryman.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the Northern Ireland-set play premiered at the Royal Court in London and became the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history.

Speaking after the ceremony in London, Fra said he was feeling "overwhelmed" with the accolade.

He added: "The Ferryman, in my opinion, is not only one of the most extraordinary things ever written, but it's actually one of the most amazing plays ever written for an ensemble."

The Ferrman also won best new play and Sam Mendes picked up best director.

Meanwhile, Olivia Colman and David Tennant scooped the top acting prizes at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

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Olivia Colman and David Tennant have scooped the top acting prizes at the WhatsOnStage Awards (PA Wire)

The former Broadchurch co-stars won best actor and actress in a play - Tennant for Don Juan In Soho at the Wyndham's Theatre and Colman for Mosquitoes at the National Theatre.

Tennant said that the play felt like a "celebration of London" in the wake of the 2017 terrorist attacks.

The actor, who beat fellow big stars Bryan Cranston, Martin Freeman, Andrew Garfield and Andrew Scott to the award, said he was "chuffed" to win.

"It was a real privilege getting to do a play about Soho in Soho and especially over a summer when London sadly suffered terrible attacks, the play itself began to feel like a real celebration of London," he said.

"And indeed one of the crown jewels of London which is theatreland and the WhatsOnStage Awards are such a glorious celebration of that, so thank you all for voting and thank you all for getting involved."

Colman beat Eve Best, Imelda Staunton, Natalie Dormer and Tamsin Greig.

Elsewhere, Everybody's Talking About Jamie won three awards - a musical inspired by a teenage boy's true story about wanting to wear a dress at school.

It was snapped up for the West End, after becoming a surprise hit on stage in Sheffield, by award-winning producer and London theatre owner Nica Burns.

Its star, John McCrea, who had never had a major lead and did not have an agent when he landed the part in Sheffield, has won Best Actor In A Musical.

Producer Burns said: "The Everybody's Talking About Jamie team is beyond thrilled at winning Best New Musical.

"This is a huge and exciting endorsement by the public for our home grown new British musical and our phenomenally talented young and unknown cast".

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child won Best West End Show, while prolific theatre producer Sonia Friedman won a gong for services to theatre.

Winners of the awards, which are celebrating their 18th year, are chosen by theatregoers.

WhatsOnStage Awards winners

Actor in a play

David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho

Actress in a play

Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes

Actor in a musical

John McCrea, Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Actress in a musical

Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family

Supporting actor in a play

Fra Fee, The Ferryman

Supporting actress in a play

Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet

Supporting actor in a musical

Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

Supporting actress in a musical

Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody's Talking About Jamie

New play

The Ferryman

New musical

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Play revival


Musical revival

42nd Street


Sam Mendes, The Ferryman


Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

Costume design

Roger Kirk, 42nd Street

Set design

Douglas W Schmidt, 42nd Street

Off-West End production


Regional production

Sunset Boulevard

West End show

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Equity Award for services to theatre

Sonia Friedman

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