Helen Mirren crowned Queen for fourth time; Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is king of the Oliviers

Dame Helen Mirren has made history by winning four trophies for her portrayal of the Queen, after picking up the Best Actress prize at this year’s Olivier Awards, held last night (28.04.13) at the Royal Opera House.

The 67-year-old actress claimed the Best Actress award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Daldry’s play The Audience, at the ceremony celebrating the best in British theatre.

This is the fourth time Mirren has been recognised for playing the monarch, to add to previous wins at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Academy Awards for 2006 drama The Queen.

After beating off stiff competition from Billie Piper for The Effect and Kristin Scott Thomas for Old Times, Helen said she thought the Queen would be pleased and declared the royal deserved an award herself for “the most consistent, committed performance of the 20th century and probably the 21st too.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timenight, scooping seven gongs – including Best Director and Best New Play – for the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel.

The show’s star, Luke Treadaway, took home the Best Actor prize, leaving Hollywood heavyweights James McAvoy (Macbeth) and Rafe Spall (Constellations) empty-handed.

Sweeney Todd was awarded Best Musical Revival, while New Musical Top Hat also picked up three prizes, including Best Choreography and Costume Design.

The 37th annual awards show was hosted by two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith and Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville, and saw live performances by Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel.

Full list of Olivier winners at the official site.

Tickets to shows here.