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Smith wins Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Reporter: Matthew Amer, first published Sun 15 Apr 2012 18:05
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Sheridan Smith has won her second Olivier Award in two years, taking home the Best Performance in a Supporting Role Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Flare Path.

Staged as part of the Terence Rattigan centenary year celebrations, Trevor Nunn’s production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket saw Smith star in the Second World War drama as a besotted new bride awaiting her husband’s return from an emergency bombing mission.

It was a far cry from the actress’s last Olivier Award-winning role as the feisty but girly Elle Woods in 2011’s big winner Legally Blonde The Musical, but one that saw her lauded by the critics alongside her co-stars who included Sienna Miller and Harry Hadden-Patten. The Guardian described her as “stunning”, while The Independent called her portrayal of the down-to-earth Doris “superb”.

The actress first made her name on television, appearing in Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, The Royle Family and Gavin And Stacey, but quickly built up a strong reputation on stage with credits including The Taming Of The Shrew at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre and musical Little Shop Of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory, which marked her first Olivier Award nomination.

Smith fought off competition from Bryony Hannah, Johnny Flynn, Mark Addy and Oliver Chris to win her second Olivier Award. While the actress was not able to attend tonight’s ceremony, she last year described her win as being “the biggest honour… a massive cherry on an already perfectly baked cake”, hinting at what tonight’s achievement will mean for Smith.

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