Dame Helen Mirren - Dame Helen Mirren nominated for Olivier Award

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Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award.

The 67-year-old actress is in the running for Best Actress at next month's annual British theatre awards for her role as the queen in the popular play, 'The Audience.'

The talented actress - who won Best Actress at the Oscars and a BAFTA for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in the film 'The Queen' in 2007 - faces stiff competition from rivals Hattie Morahan for her role in 'A Doll's House,' singer-turned-actress Billie Piper for 'The Effect' and Kristin Scott Thomas for 'Old Times'.

Helen has played three different queens during her career and is the only actress to ever portray both Queen Elizabeth's on screen.

The Best Actor nominees include Rupert Everett for 'The Judas Kiss', James McAvoy for 'Macbeth', Mark Rylance for 'Twelfth Night', Rafe Spall for 'Constellations' and Luke Treadaway for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.'

A panel of theatre professionals will choose most of the winners of the Olivier Awards, who will be announced during a black-tie ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on April 28.

The winner of the Audience Award will be decided by a public vote, the nominees for which include 'Billy Elliot', 'Matilda: The Musical', 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'Wicked'.

Full List of Nominees:

BEST ACTOR

Rupert Everett - 'The Judas Kiss'

James McAvoy - 'Macbeth'

Mark Rylance - 'Twelfth Night'

Rafe Spall - 'Constellations'

Luke Treadaway - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

BEST ACTRESS

Helen Mirren - 'The Audience'

Hattie Morahan - 'A Doll's House'

Billie Piper - 'The Effect'

Kristin Scott Thomas - 'Old Times'

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Paul Chahidi - 'Twelfth Night'

Richard McCabe - 'The Audience'

Adrian Scarborough - 'Hedda Gabler'

Kyle Soller - 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Janie Dee - 'NSFW'

Anastasia Hille - 'The Effect'

Cush Jumbo - 'Julius Caesar'

Helen McCrory - 'The Last Of The Haussmans'

Nicola Walker - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

MASTERCARD BEST NEW PLAY

'Constellations'

'The Audience'

'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

'This House'

BEST DIRECTOR

Stephen Daldry - 'The Audience'

Marianne Elliott - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Jeremy Herrin - 'This House'

Simon McBurney - 'The Master And Margarita'

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Michael Ball - 'Sweeney Todd'

Alex Bourne - 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Tom Chambers - 'Top Hat'

Will Young - 'Cabaret'

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Heather Headley - 'The Bodyguard'

Imelda Staunton - 'Sweeney Todd'

Summer Strallen - 'Top Hat'

Hannah Waddingham - 'Kiss Me, Kate'

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Adam Garcia - 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Debbie Kurup - 'The Bodyguard'

Sian Phillips - 'Cabaret'

Leigh Zimmerman - 'A Chorus Line'

BEST NEW MUSICAL

'Loserville'

'Soul Sister'

'The Bodyguard'

'Top Hat'

BEST REVIVAL

'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

'Macbeth'

'Old Times'

'Twelfth Night'

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

'A Chorus Line'

'Cabaret'

'Kiss Me, Kate'

'Sweeney Todd'

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY

'Cinderella'

'Goodnight Mister Tom'

'Hansel And Gretel'

'Room On The Broom'

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Paul Anderson - 'The Master And Margarita'

Paule Constable - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Lee Curran - 'Constellations'

Mark Henderson - 'Sweeney Todd'

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Ian Dickinson - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Paul Groothuis - 'Sweeney Todd'

David McSeveney - 'Constellations'

Gareth Owen - 'Top Hat'

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Bob Crowley - 'The Audience'

Jon Morrell - 'Top Hat'

Jenny Tiramani - 'Twelfth Night'

Anthony Ward - 'Sweeney Todd'

XL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN

Hildegard Bechtler - 'Top Hat'

Miriam Buether & Wang Gongxin - 'Wild Swans'

Bunny Christie & Finn Ross - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Tim Hatley - 'The Bodyguard'

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION

'Aeternum' by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon

'Cacti' by Nederlands Dans Theatre 2 at Sadler's Wells, choreographed by Alexander Ekman

'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Scottish Ballet at Sadler's Wells

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE

Lez Brotherston for the set and costumes for Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures' at Sadler's Wells

ILL-Abilities company in 'Breakin' Convention' at Sadler's Wells

Marianela Nunez for 'Aeternum', 'Diana & Actaeon' and 'Viscera', The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

Scott Ambler - 'Chariots Of Fire'

Bill Deamer - 'Top Hat'

Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett - 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time'

Stephen Mear - 'Kiss Me, Kate'

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE

Caroline Horton for 'You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy' at the Bush Theatre

The production of 'Red Velvet' at the Tricycle Theatre

The season of new writing at the Royal Court Upstairs

Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd for 'You Me Bum Bum Train', presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION

'Billy Budd', English National Opera at the London Coliseum

'Caligula', English National Opera at the London Coliseum

'Einstein On The Beach' at the Barbican Theatre

'La Traviata', English National Opera at the London Coliseum

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA

Edward Gardner for his conducting of 'The Flying Dutchman' and 'Billy Budd' at the English National Opera, London Coliseum

Bryan Hymel for his performances in 'Les Troyens', 'Robert Le Diable' and 'Rusalka' at the Royal Opera House

Music Theatre Wales for 'In The Locked Room/Ghost Patrol' at the Linbury Theatre, the Royal Opera House

The Stage Management teams at English National Opera, London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House

BBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD

'Billy Elliot The Musical'

'Matilda The Musical'

'The Phantom Of The Opera'

'Wicked'

SPECIAL AWARD

Gillian Lynne

Michael Frayn


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