Gillian Anderson beats Billie Piper to win best actress at London theatre awards

Gillian Anderson has celebrated winning the best actress award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in the Young Vic’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Fall star saw off competition for the Natasha Richardson Award from the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas and Billie Piper.

Tom Hiddleston won best actor for his performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse against competition from Ben Miles and Mark Strong.

Jeremy Herrin was awarded the Milton Shulman Award for best director for his productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

The award for best play went to The James Plays, Skylight won revival of the year, The Scottsboro Boys won best musical and best design went to Es Devlin.

Actress Laura Jane Matthewson won the emerging talent award for her performance in Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse.

Among the guests at the event at the London Palladium were David and Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Sienna Miller and Dame Helen Mirren.

The awards, now in their 60th year, were co-hosted by Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev, Burberry chief executive Christopher Bailey and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The ceremony was presented by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Beth Steel won the Charles Wintour Award for most promising playwright.

Four special awards were also presented during the gala evening. These were: the Lebedev Award to Sir Tom Stoppard; the Editor’s Award which went to Kate Bush; Beyond Theatre: Here Lies Love – for pushing the boundaries of the musical; and the revival of the year award to Skylight.


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