Wednesday 26 October 2016

Helen Mirren could be Queen of the Tonys


Mirren as the Queen
Mirren as the Queen

Helen Mirren has been nominated for a Tony award for her performance as the Queen in The Audience.

The actress, who won an Oscar playing the monarch in The Queen, is nominated for the best actress in a play award along with fellow British stars Carey Mulligan and Ruth Wilson.

Wolf Hall star Ben Miles is nominated for the best actor award for his role as Thomas Cromwell in the play based on Hilary Mantel's best-selling novels.

He is shortlisted alongside stars including Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper.

The Audience, written by Peter Morgan, is inspired by the private weekly meetings between the Queen and Britain's prime ministers - 12 in all - over her six-decade reign.

It has been a critical and commercial success in both London and New York.

The Tony Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sunday June 7, which will be hosted by Alan Cumming and American actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Dame Helen also faces competition from Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss and Geneva Carr on the shortlist.

Her co-star, Richard McCabe, who plays Labour prime minister Harold Wilson, is nominated for the award for an actor in a featured role in a play.

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