Sheridan shines as host of Olivier Awards

Sheridan Smith. Picture: Richard Young
Sheridan Smith. Picture: Richard Young

Isle star Sheridan Smith shone as she presented the Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House last night with skill and ease.

The 31-year old Epworth actress, who stole Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her performance in Flare Path last year, and Best Actress in a Musical the previous year at the Oliviers, was every inch a leading lady as she hosted in two stunning dresses.

Alongside co-star Hugh Bonneville, she first wore an elegant, hugging black dress with a wide fishtail, then later changed in to a beautiful white gown with a front sequinned panel, a sweetheart neckline, and a daring front split to the thigh.

Among the recipients this year was Dame Helen Mirren, who received her first Olivier Award as Best Actress, for her starring role in The Audience.

Her co-star Richard McCabe, as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, was the Best Supporting Actor.

But The Audience missed out as Best New Play, with that award going to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – the biggest winner of the night with seven awards.

Luke Treadaway was Best Actor, Marianne Elliott won Best Director, while Nicola Walker was this year’s Best Supporting Actress.

Sweeney Todd was handed the award for Best Musical Revival, with leads Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton picking up est actor and actress.

Top Hat took Best New Musical along with awards for choreography and costume design.

And Billy Elliot the Musical won the BBC Radio 2 “Audience Award”.