The nominations for the UK’s top West End award, the Olivier, have been announced and there are a few familiar faces.
Billie Piper, best-known as the much-loved companion, Rose Tyler, is up for Best Actress for playing Connie, who participates in a pharmaceutical trial, testing out a new antidepressant in The Effect. She appears opposite Jonjo O’Neill’s Tristan as they try to work out if their feelings are real or a result of the drug – and then they find out that only one of them is actually taking it, whilst the other is merely taking a placebo. But which one?
She’s up against tough competition from Helen Mirren (The Queen; Prime Suspect); Hattie Morahan (Outnumbered; Bodies); and Kristin Scott Thomas (Keeping Mum; Four Weddings and a Funeral).
Helen McCrory is starting to become a very noticeable face in the media, having recently appeared in the hit James Bond film, Skyfall; in We’ll Take Manhattan with Karen Gillan; and as Malfoy’s mother in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both parts!). But Whovians will know her best for her brilliant performance as Rosanna in Vampires of Venice (2010).
McCrory is up against stars like Nicola Walker (Spooks; Last Tango in Halifax), Torchwood: Children of Earth’s Cush Jumbo, and Anastasia Hille (also nominated for The Effect) in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category.
And finally, Adrian Scarborough is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work opposite Eighth Doctor Big Finish companion, Sheridan Smith, in Hedda Gabler. Many will recognise Scarborough from Miranda, Upstairs Downstairs and The King’s Speech, but scribble some alien markings on his face and he becomes Kahler-Jex in last year’s A Town Called Mercy.
Paul Chahidi (Notting Hill; The Hour), Richard McCabe (Einstein and Eddington; Wallander), and Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina) are also nominated for the award.
Good luck to them all!