At the 69th Tony awards, the “Prime Suspect” star Dame Helen won the Tony awards for the best performance in a play. It may be for the first time in 30 years when an actress has won an Oscar and a Tony for the same role.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 69-years-old English actress has won the award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” Under different production houses, Mirren quiet repeatedly played the role of Australia’s head of state and with this Tony in her laps. For it, she apparently become “the only person who has collected an Academy, a BAFTA, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Olivier for portraying the same character.”
The outlet also reported that it was apparently Lila Kedrova who has won the Oscar-Tony combination for the same role for “Zorba the Greek” in 1964 and then later in the year 1984 and now with this Tony award, the Dame has repeated the history.
In her award receiving speech, Mirren thanked the jury for giving her the honor and later she dedicated her award to her director husband, Taylor Hackford whom she married in 1997.
“Baby, this is for you – and you know why,” she said while holding the award with one hand and pointing towards her husband who was seen teary while sitting with the rest of the honorary guests.
Richard Mccabe, who plays the role Queen Elizabeth II’s prime minster, Harold Wilson in “The Audience” also won the Tony for the best featured actor in a play.
It seems that Mirren reigned at Tony theater awards this year. Apart from Mirren, other British stars also won the Tony last night, including Marianne Elliott for best directing of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
A good night for British talent one might say.