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Kenneth Cranham wins best actor at Oliviers

Cranham edged out Mark Rylance and Benedict Cumberbatch Credit: PA

Oscar winner Mark Rylance and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out as Kenneth Cranham took home the Oliver Award for best actor.

The 71-year-old Scottish actor was tearful as he thanked fellow cast members of The Father, as well as the play's director James Macdonald.

"He's a wonderful director, very kind, he's very perceptive and he let's you find your performance and he directs further on down the line", Cranham said.

Denise Gough wins best actress

Gough won best actress for her role in People, Places And Things Credit: PA

Meanwhile Denise Gough scooped the best actress award for her win in People, Places and Things.

The Irish actress said: "Okay I've got 40 seconds so I've got to be quick. This is for my people, you all know who you are".

She then said she she was "just a bit disappointed" that, in a year marked by widespread uproar about the lack of diversity at awards shows, she was "sad" about the lack of diversity among the nominees in her own category.

Judi Dench makes history with Olivier Awards win

Dame Judi Dench won the award for best supporting actress Credit: PA

Dame Judi Dench has made history at the Olivier Awards for winning more Oliviers than any other performer.

The veteran actress won best actress in a supporting role for The Winter's Tale.

Her win for her portrayal of Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production takes her total win of Olivier Awards to eight.

Dame Judi with Kenneth Branagh before the ceremony in London. Credit: PA

As she collected her award, she joked she was "livid" as her win meant she had lost a bet with her grandson.

The former James Bond actress said: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm absolutely livid as I had a bet with my grandson ... and I'm never going to be able to forget it".

She also praised "a really fantastic company and crew and stage management", saying of the award: "It's lovely to have, but in actual fact it belongs to all those people just as much as it belongs to me."

Stars arrive on red carpet for Olivier Awards

Oscar winner Mark Rylance kicked off the Olivier Awards red carpet in style wearing one of his trademark trilbies.

The actor goes head-to-head with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch at tonight's awards, which is considered the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar.

Both actors are nominated in the best actor category alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father.

Other stars attending the event, held at London's Royal Opera House, include Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, Gemma Arterton and Denise Gough.

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