Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actor
Awarded for Best Actor in a Play
Location  United Kingdom
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[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Play Character
1985
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
1986
Albert Finney Orphans Harold
Derek Jacobi Breaking the Code Alan Turing
Ian McKellen The Cherry Orchard Lopakhin
Martin Sheen The Normal Heart Ned Weeks
1987
Michael Gambon A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Tokusaburo Arashi Medea Medea
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
1989/90
Oliver Ford Davies Racing Demon The Rev. Lionel Espy
Nigel Hawthorne Shadowlands Lewis
Ian McKellen Othello and Bent Iago / Max
Michael Pennington The Wars of the Roses Various Characters

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Play Character
1991
Ian McKellen Richard III Richard III of England
Richard Harris Henry IV Henry IV of France
John Malkovich Burn This Pale
Warren Mitchell The Homecoming Max
1992
Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of George III George III
Marcus D'Amico Angels in America Louis Ironson
Robert Lindsay Becket Henry II of England
Ian McKellen Uncle Vanya Uncle Vanya
1993
Robert Stephens Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 Falstaff
Kenneth Cranham An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole
Paul Eddington No Man's Land Spooner
Paul Scofield Heartbreak House Captain Shotover
1994
Mark Rylance Much Ado About Nothing Benedick
Henry Goodman Hysteria Sigmund Freud
Patrick Stewart A Christmas Carol Various Characters
David Suchet Oleanna John
1995
David Bamber My Night with Reg Guy
James Bolam Glengarry Glen Ross Shelly Levene
Adrian Lester As You Like It Rosalind
Bob Peck Rutherford and Son John Rutherford
1996
Alex Jennings Peer Gynt Peer Gynt
Michael Gambon Skylight Tom Sergeant
Daniel Massey Taking Sides Wilhelm Furtwängler
Donal McCann The Steward of Christendom Thomas Dunne
1997
Antony Sher Stanley Stanley Spencer
Paul Scofield John Gabriel Borkman John Gabriel Borkman
Ken Stott 'Art' Yvan
David Suchet Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George
1998
Ian Holm King Lear King Lear
Simon Russell Beale Othello Iago
Michael Gambon Tom & Clem Tom Driberg
Rupert Graves Hurlyburly Eddie
John Wood The Invention of Love A. E. Housman
1999
Kevin Spacey The Iceman Cometh Harry Hope
Michael Gambon The Unexpected Man Parsky
Iain Glen The Blue Room Various Characters
Jim Norton The Weir Jack
David Suchet Amadeus Salieri

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Play Character
2000
Henry Goodman The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Roger Allam Summerfolk Bassov
Stephen Dillane The Real Thing Henry
Michael Sheen Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter
Antony Sher The Winter's Tale Leontes
2001
Conleth Hill Stones in His Pockets Charlie Conlon
Simon Russell Beale Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Sean Campion Stones in His Pockets Jake Quinn
Michael Gambon The Caretaker Davies
Bill Nighy Blue/Orange Professor Smith
2002
Roger Allam Privates on Parade Terri Dennis
Simon Russell Beale Humble Boy Felix Humble
Sean Foley The Play What I Wrote Sean
Hamish McColl The Play What I Wrote Hamish
Alan Rickman Private Lives Elyot
2003
Simon Russell Beale Uncle Vanya Uncle Vanya
Michael Gambon A Number Salter
Mark Rylance Twelfth Night Olivia
David Tennant Lobby Hero Jeff
2004
Matthew Kelly Of Mice and Men Lennie Small
Roger Allam Democracy Willy Brandt
Kenneth Branagh Edmond Edmond Burke
Greg Hicks Coriolanus Coriolanus
Michael Sheen Caligula Caligula
2005
Richard Griffiths The History Boys Douglas Hector
Michael Gambon Endgame Hamm
Jonathan Pryce The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Martin
Ben Whishaw Hamlet Prince Hamlet
2006
Brian Dennehy Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
Richard Griffiths Heroes Henri
Derek Jacobi Don Carlos Philip II of Spain
Con O'Neill Telstar Joe Meek
David Threlfall Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Michael
2007
Rufus Sewell Rock 'n' Roll Jan
Iain Glen The Crucible John Proctor
David Haig Donkeys' Years Christopher Headingley
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen Frost/Nixon David Frost
2008
Chiwetel Ejiofor Othello Othello
Ian McKellen King Lear King Lear
Mark Rylance Boeing Boeing Robert
John Simm Elling Elling
Patrick Stewart Macbeth Macbeth
2009
Derek Jacobi Twelfth Night Malvolio
David Bradley No Man's Land Spooner
Michael Gambon No Man's Land Hirst
Adam Godley Rain Man Raymond Babitt

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Play Character
2010
Mark Rylance Jerusalem Johnny
James Earl Jones Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy
Jude Law Hamlet Prince Hamlet
James McAvoy Three Days of Rain Walker / Ned
Ken Stott A View from the Bridge Eddie Carbone
Samuel West ENRON Jeffrey Skilling
2011
Roger Allam Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 Falstaff
Derek Jacobi King Lear King Lear
Rory Kinnear Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Mark Rylance La Bête Valere
David Suchet All My Sons Joe Keller
2012
Benedict Cumberbatch Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein / The Creature
Jonny Lee Miller
James Corden One Man, Two Guvnors Francis Henshall
David Haig The Madness of George III George III
Douglas Hodge Inadmissible Evidence William Maitland
Jude Law Anna Christie Mat Burke
2013
Luke Treadaway The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Christopher Boone
Rupert Everett The Judas Kiss Oscar Wilde
James McAvoy Macbeth Macbeth
Mark Rylance Twelfth Night Olivia
Rafe Spall Constellations Roland
2014
Rory Kinnear Othello Iago
Henry Goodman The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Arturo Ui
Tom Hiddleston Coriolanus Coriolanus
Jude Law Henry V Henry V of England

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