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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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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 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. 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. 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.

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