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Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

…according to the London Evening Standard theatre awards, at least.

Last night, Tom Hiddleston was the grateful recipient of the best actor trophy at the 60th London Evening Standard theatre awards, for his performance in the title role in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse last year. You may have seen it as part of the National Theatre Live global broadcasts. He was up against stiff competition from Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, and Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

He was gracious enough to acknowledge both, saying he’d been inspired by their work when he was a student: “It is an honor to be mentioned in the same breath.”

Gillian Anderson won best actress, for her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, beating such Brit faces as Billie Piper (Great Britain) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra).

Tom also appeared in a great interview clip over the weekend, as part of Muse of Fire, a documentary discussion among actors about their formative and most essential experiences with Shakespeare:

Here’s the Muse of Fire trailer:

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By Fraser McAlpine