Mirren reigns at London's Olivier awards
Helen Mirren poses on arrival at the Olivier Awards 2013 at the Royal opera House in London on Sunday, April 28, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren reigned at London's Olivier theater awards Sunday, taking the best actress prize for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience."
Mirren had been favorite for the trophy at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys for her regal yet vulnerable turn in Morgan's play about the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers over the her 61-year reign.
Mirren is no stranger to royalty — she won an Academy award in 2007 for the same role in "The Queen."
Accepting the award, she joked that it was the queen who deserved an award, "for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century, and probably the 21st century."
British actors James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff arrive for the Olivier Awards 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday, April 28, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
The winners were being announced during a song- and dance-filled ceremony at London's Royal Opera House hosted by "Downton Abbey" actor Hugh Bonneville and stage star Sheridan Smith — who kicked things off by belting out "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."
"Homeland" star Damian Lewis, "Sex and the City" alumna Kim Cattrall and former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe were among the presenters. The show is due to include performances from "Glee" star Matthew Morrison and Tony-winning diva Idina Menzel.
"Audience" co-star Richard McCabe, who won the supporting actor trophy for playing Prime Minister Harold Wilson, said Mirren was a joy to work with.