Mark Strong and Penelope Wilton scoop top prizes at Olivier Awards 2015

The Downton Abbey star wins Best Actress, as The Imitation Game's Mark Strong is heralded Best Actor

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Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton and veteran film actor Mark Strong have topped the list of winners at this year’s Olivier Theatre Awards, winning Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.

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Wilton was honoured for her critically-acclaimed portrayal of the mother of German lawyer Hans Litten – the man who put Hitler on the witness stand in 1931 – in Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, while Strong won his accolade for playing troubled dock worker Eddie Carbone in the revival of Arthur Miller’s 1950s-set A View from the Bridge.

Other screen stars making waves at Britain’s biggest theatre awards were Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury, whose return after nearly 40 years to the UK stage in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit earned her a Best Supporting Actress gong. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries’ Nathaniel Parker won Best Supporting Actor for playing Henry VIII in the theatre production of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Still, not all the big-name nominees were so lucky – Strong beat James McAvoy, Richard Armitage and Tim Pigott-Smith in the Best Actor category, while Wilton was up against hotly-tipped Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton. Elsewhere, Gemma Arterton and Nicole Scherzinger were beaten to the Best Actress and Supporting Actress in a Musical by Katie Brayben and Lorna Want from Carole King-based musical Beautiful.

The View from a Bridge also picked up the award for Best Revival, while Mike Bartlett’s’s monarchy drama King Charles III won Best New Play.

Kevin Spacey was honoured for his transformation of London’s Old Vic theatre, where he has been artistic director over the past 10 years, while Wicked picked up the Audience Award. The ceremony ended with The House of Cards star belting out a heartfelt rendition of A Bridge Over Troubled Water to the delight of the Olivier Awards audience.

See the full list of this year’s Olivier Award winners below…

Best revival

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

Best new comedy

The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre

Bull at the Maria at the Young Vic

Best lighting design

Howard Harrison for City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse

Best sound design

Gareth Owen for Memphis: The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Best costume design

Christopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

Best set design

Es Devlin for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role

Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role

Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre

Best new opera production

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in opera

Richard Jones for his direction of The Girl of the Golden West, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and Rodelinda at London Coliseum

Best new play

King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

Special award

Sylvie Guillem

Best actor

Mark Strong for A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

Best actress

Penelope Wilton for Taken at Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Audience award

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Best new dance production

32 Rue Vandenbranden By Peeping Tom at the Barbican

Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo by Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding achievement in dance

Crystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates  A Picture of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells

Best entertainment and family

La Soirée at La Soirée Spiegeltent

Best theatre choreographer

Sergio Trujillo for Memphis: The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Best director

Ivo Van Hove for A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

Outstanding achievement in music

Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical

George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical

Lorna Want for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Best musical revival

City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

Best actor in a musical

John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Best actress in a musical

Katie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Best new musical

Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Special award

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Kevin Spacey