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British stars of the stage won big at one of America’s most prestigious award ceremonies.
The Tony Awards 2015 took place on June 7, in the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
British actors Dame Helen Mirren and Alex Sharp won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play respectively, while Richard McCabe won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.
Dame Mirren, who won the Tony award for her portrayal of the Queen in The Audience, said: “It has just been amazing to bring it to America and get the kind of response that we’ve had from the American audiences.
“They have been so unbelievably open and generous, and interested without being prejudiced.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time was the big winner on the night, scooping five awards including Best Play.
The show, which converted to Broadway from the West End, also saw its star Alex Sharp walk away with the top male acting prize of the night, from what was his first ever professional gig.
Sharp, who beat Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy to win the award, said: “I’m unbelievably lucky to be given a part like this as a young actor.
“Parts like this for young people, of this depth and this extent, are quite rare actually.
“So I just feel very blessed.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time, adapted from the Mark Haddon novel, also walked away with Best Direction of a Play for Marianne Elliott and Best Scenic Design of a Play for Bunny Christie and Finn Ross.
The Tony Awards 2015 took place in New York City on June 7. For more information, and to watch all the acceptance speeches, click here.