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.
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
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Randy Skinner, 42nd Street
Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
Douglas W Schmidt, 42nd Street
Off-West End production
West End show
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Equity Award for services to theatre
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