British stars Mark Strong and Helen McCrory were recognised at last night's Critics' Circle theatre awards, picking up trophies for best actor and best actress.

Strong won the prestigious award for his role as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, a part which tempted the Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy and Imitation Game actor back to the stage after a 12-year break. 

"I picked it up and it was head and shoulders above everything else I was reading. I thought maybe this is the time to go back and do a play. Nothing had really come along that I wanted to do until this," said Strong of the production, which also took home the best director gong for Ivo Van Hove.

McCrory, who was most recently seen in BBC2 drama Peaky Blinders, won for her leading role in Greek tragedy Medea at the National Theatre.

Other winners included Sir Anthony Sher, who received best Shakespearean performance for his role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry IV Parts I and II;  Patsy Ferran, who picked up best newcomer after starring in Blithe Spirit and Treasure Island; Visitors' Barney Norris, who won most promising playwright; and Paul Barritt and Es Devlin, who were recognised in the best design category. 

Gypsy also won best musical while Mark Bartlett's King Charles III was awarded best new play.

The winners were announced last night at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.