Dame Helen Mirren was named Best Actress in a Play at the 2015 Tony Awards on Sunday night.
he British actress won for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Broadway version of The Audience. The 69-year-old has previously won an Academy Award and BAFTA for her portrayal of the British monarch in 2006 film The Queen. While the movie focused on the Queen’s life in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, The Audience sees the star portraying the royal at various periods of time throughout her reign.
Helen beat off competition from fellow Brit Carey Mulligan for her work in Skylight, as well as Ruth Wilson for Constellations, former Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss in The Heidi Chronicles and Geneva Carr in Hand to God.
Helen was the first winner of the night with her co-star Richard McCabe following close behind with a win in the Featured Actor in a Play category. The star’s success comes after she recently spoke about how consuming the Broadway run had been for her.
“I should like to take a break and spend some time here with my husband,” she told the New York Post when asked what she will do when her stint in the production is over. “I’d like to go to a bar or a restaurant. I can’t do that now. I am onstage for two hours every night. I can’t go out. Ethel Merman once told Elaine Stritch that if you want to be a Broadway star, ‘You have to live like a f **king nun!’ You do. You have to live like “a f**king nun.” That is exactly what you have to do.”
Other winners on the night included Annaleigh Ashford for Featured Actress in a Play for You Can’t Take It With You and Christian Borle won Featured Actor in a Musical for Something Rotten!