Life On Mars, Hollyoaks Stars Nominated For Olivier Awards

They are the equivalents to our Tonys, the highest honor in British theater: The Laurence Olivier Award nominations have been announced, and Hairspray leads with a record 11 mentions. Life On Mars star John Simm has secured a Best Actor nod for his role in Elling. The former Sam Tyler competes against powerhouses Ian McKellen, Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Former Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff looks to add another Best Actress trophy to her mantle for her role in Saint Joan. Summer Strallen, a Hollyoaks star and future Maria in The Sound of Music, garnered a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for The Drowsy Chaperone. Breakout acting sensation Tom Hiddleston is nominated twice in the same category; he’s up for Best Newcomer for both Othello and Cymbeline. He’s yet to become known internationally, but in due time, my friend. In due time.

Here’s the complete list of acting nominees:

BEST ACTRESS
Anne-Marie Duff for Saint Joan at the Olivier
Kelly Reilly for Othello at the Donmar Warehouse
Kristin Scott Thomas for The Seagull at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
Fiona Shaw for Happy Days at the Lyttelton
Penelope Wilton for John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Warehouse

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor for Othello at the Donmar Warehouse
Ian McKellen for King Lear at the New London
Mark Rylance for Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy
John Simm for Elling at the Trafalgar Studios 1
Patrick Stewart for Macbeth at the Gielgud

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michelle Fairley for Othello at the Donmar Warehouse
Pam Ferris for The Entertainer at The Old Vic
Conleth Hill for Philistines at the Lyttelton
Rory Kinnear for The Man of Mode at the Oliver

BEST NEWCOMER IN A PLAY
David Dawson for The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud
Tom Hiddleston for Cymbeline at the Barbican
Tom Hiddleston for Othello at the Donmar Warehouse
Stephen Wight for Dealer’s Choice at the Trafalgar Studios 1

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Leanne Jones for Hairspray at the Shaftesbury
Lara Pulver for Parade at the Donmar Warehouse
Sheridan Smith for Little Shop of Horrors at the Duke of York’s and Ambassadors
Summer Strallen for The Drowsy Chaperone at the Novello

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Ball for Hairspray at the Shaftesbury
Bertie Carvel for Parade at the Donmar Warehouse
Henry Goodman for Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy
Bob Martin for The Drowsy Chaperone at the Novello

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Tracie Bennett for Hairspray at the Shaftesbury
Elinor Collett for Hairspray at the Shaftesbury
Shaun Escoffery for Parade at the Donmar Warehouse
Alistair McGowan for Little Shop of Horrors at the Duke of York’s and Ambassadors

In other news:

  • According to Daniel Craig, MGM feared giving him the part of James Bond because they thought he wouldn’t do press to support the films. “When I was making Bond [Casino Royale], the film company was nervous that I wasn’t going to do any press, as that’s my reputation for some reason.I don’t think that’s true, it’s just lazy journalism; they want to paint me as someone difficult. I think I’m quite nice, but maybe I’m delusional. There is no point making Bond if you’re not going to sell it.”(Digital Spy)
  • The Sun says Amy Winehouse has been hired to sing the Bond theme on the condition that she stays sober; Daniel Craig denies any decision has been made: “Everyone’s speculating about it but we’ve got other things to deal with – there’s no point in writing the song for a movie when we haven’t got a movie.”(Gigwise)
  • Could Bond girl Gemma Arterton get cut from Quantum of Solace for divulging plot secrets to the press?(Guardian)
  • Why has Terence Davies, whom The Guardian‘s Shane Danielson regards as Britain’s greatest filmmaker, only made four films in his 30-year career?
  • What happens after one wins a BAFTA? Current nominees talk to The Times about their expectations.
  • Jamie Oliver will make a cooking show for kids, according to The Daily Telegraph: “The program, Made with Magic, will be broadcast on Nickelodeon’s pre-school digital TV channel Nick Jr, and is designed to make children curious about where food comes from.”
  • The Beckhams told Michelle Ryan that they are fans of Bionic Woman. They were likely the only people still watching after the premiere: the NBC series is being threatened with cancellation.(The Sun)
  • 5-minute interviews with actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Twang frontman Phil Etheridge.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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