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Harman wins Best Supporting Performance in a Musical

Reporter: Matthew Amer, first published Sun 15 Apr 2012 19:25
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Shrek The Musical star Nigel Harman has won the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical Award for his hilarious, knee-punishing performance as Lord Farquaad.

The former EastEnder’s star had audiences in hysterics with his portrayal of the vertically challenged, egotistical and power-obsessed character, describing the experience at the nominees’ celebration last month as “physically incredibly hard”. His role in the adaptation of the DreamWorks animated film was heralded by critics as one of the stand-out performances in the new musical.

While this may be Harman’s first nomination, it’s not the first time Harman has been on stage at an Olivier Awards ceremony, as he told us: “In 96 I did a number at the Oliviers from Tommy, Pinball Wizard. It’s always been the theatre awards. To be part of it for a year is fantastic.”

After accepting the award, Harman described the win as "genuinely thrilling. I’m absolutely chuffed to bits."

While the actor may be best known for his long-running role in BBC series EastEnders, Harman has forged a successful career on stage appearing in musical Guys And Dolls, which he starred in alongside his Shrek cast member and fellow nominee Nigel Lindsay, and plays The Caretaker, The Common Pursuit, Public Property and Three Days Of Rain.

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