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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James McAvoy up for Best Actor award

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

Twelfth Night's Mark Rylance and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time's Luke Treadaway are also nominated.

Billie Piper competes for Best Actress award tonight

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Billie Piper is competing with Dame Helen Mirren for Best Actress in tonight's Olivier Awards.

The former star of Secret Diary of a Call Girl is nominated for her performance in The Effect, a play depicting the world of pharmaceutical drug trials.

Also nominated in the same category are Kristin Scott Thomas (Old Times) and Hattie Morahan (A Doll's House).

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Dame Helen Mirren up for Best Actress

Dame Helen Mirren Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

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.

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

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