Bill Nighy and Bradley Cooper are both up for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, but some oddsmakers predict the prize could go to a younger competitor—25-year-old Alexander Sharp—a British actor who’s a recent graduate of the the Julliard School.
He plays a 15-year-old math genius who may have Asperger’s syndrome in the British play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has received rave reviews, as has the production itself.
Sharp is delighted to have earned a Tony nomination.
“It’s just a huge honor to get this recognition,” he says. “It’s just unbelievable and a beautiful surprise.”
Even if he doesn’t win the play itself and its director Marianne Elliott may well go home with Tony trophies.