Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
|Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actor
|Awarded for||Best Actor in a Play|
|Presented by||The Society of London Theatre|
|Currently held by||Rory Kinnear for Othello (2014)|
|Official website||Olivier Awards.com|
The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.
The award has been known by its current name of Best Actor since 1993, previously it was known as Actor of the Year. From 1976-1984 and again in 1988, there were two Actor of the Year awards, one for Actor of the Year in a New Play and the other for Actor of the Year in a Revival.
Winners and nominees
|Antony Sher||Richard III and Torch Song Trilogy||Richard III of England / Arnold Beckoff|
|Alun Armstrong||The Crucible and The Winter's Tale||John Proctor / Leontes|
|Kenneth Branagh||Henry V||Henry V of England|
|Anthony Hopkins||Pravda||Lambert Le Roux|
|Derek Jacobi||Breaking the Code||Alan Turing|
|Ian McKellen||The Cherry Orchard||Lopakhin|
|Martin Sheen||The Normal Heart||Ned Weeks|
|Michael Gambon||A View from the Bridge||Eddie Carbone|
|Hugh Quarshie||The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Great White Hope and The Rover||Arcite / Jack Jefferson / Belville|
|Nicholas Woodeson||Sarcophagus and Flight||Bessmertny / Mike Levine|
|Oliver Ford Davies||Racing Demon||The Rev. Lionel Espy|
|Ian McKellen||Othello and Bent||Iago / Max|
|Michael Pennington||The Wars of the Roses||Various Characters|
- London Theatre Guide (2008). The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008 (PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre. p. 20. Retrieved 2008-08-30.