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Dame Helen Mirren (Pic: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Dame Helen Mirren (Pic: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Dame Helen Mirren (Pic: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Dame Helen Mirren’s trophy cabinet should open up a separate wing just for awards she has received for playing Queen Elizabeth II. She already has an Oscar for The Queen, and an Olivier award for her part in The Audience—a play imagining what her weekly private meetings with the last eight prime ministers will have been like. Now she can add a Tony to the shelf, as her performance in the Broadway adaptation of the play has secured her the best performance by an actress trophy.

Accepting her award at last night’s ceremony in New York, Helen was quick to credit her source material, saying “Your Majesty, you did it again.”

Her co-star Richard McCabe won best performance by an actor in a featured role, for his portrayal of the ’60s prime minister Harold Wilson. Crediting her husband Taylor Hackford, Helen concluded: “This is an unbelievable honour and I am so thrilled.”

She wasn’t the only British win of the night either. Alex Sharp won best performance by an actor for his part in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a story told through the mouthpiece of a young man with Asperger’s syndrome. The show also won best play, best lighting and best scenic design, and Marianne Elliott, who transferred it to Broadway, walked away with the best director trophy too.

Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, won best revival of a play, and Wolf Hall, a rival for some of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s haul of trophies, took hime best costume design.

When the news of Curious Incident‘s many nominations was first released in April, Marianne Elliott told the BBC: “We had no idea when we first started how the hell this play was going to go down. We had no idea whether there’d be an audience for it. So to see it go to Broadway is quite amazing.”

For a full list of winners, visit the Tony Awards website.

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By Fraser McAlpine