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Richard McCabe. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Richard McCabe. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Richard McCabe. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

While Dame Helen Mirren is widely expected to take home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play trophy at Sunday night’s Tony Awards (June 7) for portraying the Queen in The Audience, her lesser-known British co-star Richard McCabe is also in the running. He plays the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Other actors in the play portray different British prime ministers, but McCabe definitely seems to make an impact with audiences. He has been Tony-nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.

He has nothing but praise for his leading lady.

“She’s lovely,” says McCabe, commenting on working with Dame Helen. “She’s an absolute delight both onstage and off. What is great about Helen is that onstage you can throw anything at her. It doesn’t matter, and she likes it. She sort of takes it on, absorbs it, and then comes back at you.”

McCabe is up against two other British actors in his category: Skylight‘s Matthew Beard and Nathaniel Parker, who portrays Henry VIII in Wolf Hall Parts One & Two. Several Tony oddsmakers think Parker could win.

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By Tom Brook