Stars out for Olivier Awards

Dame Helen Mirren has been crowned Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for her performance as the Queen in The Audience. The other success story of the night was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which picked up seven awards.

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The Curious Incident wins Olivier for Best New Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has won the Olivier Award for Best New Play:

Watch highlights from the Olivier Awards, hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith, on ITV at 10:15pm tonight.

Ball and Staunton pick up Oliviers for Sweeney Todd

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton have won Olivier Awards for their performances in the musical Sweeney Todd.

Ball picked up the gong for Best Actor In A Musical while Staunton took the award for Best Actress In A Musical:

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.@mrmichaelball is crowned this year's Best Actor In A Musical for his acclaimed performance in @sweeneytodduk #OLIVIERS

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"I don't think I deserve this, but I've also got sciatica & I deserve that either. Thanks for that joke Dad" quips @mrmichaelball #oliviers

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It's a @sweeneytodduk double win! Congratulations to Imelda Staunton who wins the Best Actress In A Musical Award #OLIVIERS

Sweeney Todd wins Olivier for Best Musical Revival

Sweeney Todd has won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival:

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Jonathan Kent says @sweeneytodduk is "One of the masterpieces of musical theatre, full stop" #oliviers #sondheim

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Luke Treadaway wins Olivier Award for Best Actor

Luke Treadaway has won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Treadaway, who said he was "speechless", pipped James McAvoy, Rupert Everett, Rafe Spall and Mark Rylance to the award:

Helen Mirren wins Olivier Award for Best Actress

Dame Helen Mirren has won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as the Queen in The Audience:

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For her acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in @theaudienceplay, Helen Mirren is crowned Best Actress #OLIVIERS

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"The Queen won a BAFTA this year and now she's got an Olivier, I think she's going to be thrilled" Helen Mirren jokes on stage #oliviers

Olivier Awards nominees arrive ahead of ceremony

Dame Helen Mirren and Billie Piper are going head-to-head at tonight's Olivier Awards which recognise some of the biggest stars of the stage.

Dame Helen Mirren arrives at the event.
Dame Helen Mirren is nominated for Best Actress for her performance in The Audience. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dame Helen is up for Best Actress for her role as the Queen in The Audience, which has garnered five nominations.

Best Actor nominee Rafe Spall, who's up for Constellations, and Elize du Toit.
Best Actor nominee Rafe Spall, who's up for Constellations, and Elize du Toit. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

X-Men star James McAvoy, who has earned rave reviews for his role in Macbeth, goes up against Rafe Spall for Constellations and Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss for the Best Actor award.

Summer Strallen is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Top Hat.
Summer Strallen is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Top Hat. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Actor, New Play and Director.

Stars walk the red carpet at the Olivier Awards

The stars of stage and screen have taken to the red carpet for this evening's Oliver Awards, which will be hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith.

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy.
Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics for the nominated Matilda The Musical, and his wife Sarah.
Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics for the nominated Matilda The Musical, and his wife Sarah. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Former Pop Idol star Will Young is up for Best Actor In A Musical for his West End debut in Cabaret.
Former Pop Idol star Will Young is up for Best Actor In A Musical for his West End debut in Cabaret. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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