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Helen Mirren scoops best actress at Tony Awards

Helen Mirren said winning was an 'unbelievable honour'. Credit: Reuters

Actress Helen Mirren has won her first Tony award for her performance as the Queen in "The Audience".

The Tony Awards, held in New York, are theatre's highest honour and Mirren said she was "thrilled" as she accepted the prize.

She had been up against Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss and fellow Brits Carey Mulligan and Ruth Wilson.

Musical Kinky Boots walks away with six Tony Awards

The feel-good musical Kinky Boots walked away with six Tony Awards last night, including best musical, best original score and best leading man.

The cast of the Best Musical Tony award winning show Kinky Boots performing at the awards show.. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The show, based on a 2005 film about a failing shoe factory that turns to making drag queen boots, has songs written by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper.

Host Neil Patrick Harris performs with boxer Mike Tyson. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Neil Patrick Harris was back for his fourth turn as host, opening with a razzle-dazzle number amid dozens of dancers - and even managed to get boxer Mike Tyson to join in with the festivities.

Oliver Platt and Liam Neeson present during the American Theatre Wing's annual Tony Awards. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Christopher Durang's comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony for best play Tony. Matilda the Musical and Pippin won four awards each and two other shows - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Nance - took away three awards each.

Actor Tom Hanks reacts before presenting an award at the Tonys. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Tom Hanks, who starred in the Broadway production of Lucky Guy, left empty-handed, but he did come on stage to present an award.