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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Daniel Radcliffe scoops best actor award for role in Cripple of Inishmaan

Published 24/02/2014 | 10:59

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Daniel Radcliffe with the award for Best Actor in a Play during the What'sOnStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 23, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Stage. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Daniel Radcliffe with the award for Best Actor in a Play during the What'sOnStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
Daniel Radcliffe receives the award for Best Actor in a Play during the What'sOnStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 23, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Stage. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Daniel Radcliffe receives the award for Best Actor in a Play during the What'sOnStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

The Harry Potter star was named Best Actor in a Play for his role in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan during the fan-voted ceremony at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.

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"I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award and I accept it on behalf of the whole cast who together helped make this production... a truly joyous experience for me as an actor," BBC reports he told the crowd.

First staged in 1996, the play is a raucously dark take on Irish identity and Daniel stars as Billy Craven, a 17-year-old orphan on  the Aran Islands  in 1930s Ireland, who sees a chance of escape from a life of boredom and mockery when an American film crew arrives on a neighbouring island to shoot a movie.

Young Billy,  who is crippled, is desperate to get a role in the film and escape the tedium of his daily life.

Radcliffe had spoken about his struggle with perfecting an Irish accent for the role.

Radcliffe, whose father is from Northern Ireland, said he was “pretty pleased” with his accent but hoped it would get stronger throughout the run of the London production.

The actor believed his Irish accent was funnier than the English one.“It’s a fun accent to talk in and the stuff that wouldn’t necessarily be funny in an English accent for some reason is just funnier in an Irish accent,” he said.

Martin McDonagh's hugely successful production  enjoyed a sell-out run at London's Noel Coward Theatre last year.

The play is set to open at Broadway's Cort Theatre on April 12.  All of the original cast, including Patt Shortt who stars as gossip Johnny Pateen Mike, will appear in the New York production.

Among the other winners last night were Helen Mirren who was honoured with Best Actress in a Play for her role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, which also picked up Best New Play.

"I'm so thrilled to receive this,” she said in a recorded acceptance speech. “I'm honoured that it was voted for by the public, that's the most wonderful thing."

Rupert Grint claimed the Newcomer of the Year Award for his role in Ian Rickson's acclaimed revival of Jez Butterworth's Mojo.

David Walliams meanwhile took home Best Supporting Actor for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the evening’s winner in the Best Shakespearean Production category.

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