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Helen's the Queen of Broadway after scooping top stage award

Helen Mirren has been crowned the Queen of Broadway as she won her first Tony Award for her role as the monarch in The Audience.

The star has already won an Oscar for her portrayal of the Queen of England in a film set in the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

She resumed the role for a play which imagines the private weekly meetings between the queen and Britain's prime ministers over her six-decade reign.


Accepting her award on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York, she proclaimed: "Your Majesty, you did it again."

Meanwhile, London-born actor Alex Sharp beat Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy at last night's Tony Awards to win best lead actor in a play for his role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which also won best play.

Sharp's win was part of a huge five-trophy haul for The Curious Incident, an adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel.

The ceremony featured appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Kiefer Sutherland, and Bryan Cranston, among many others.