Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actor in a Musical
Awarded for Best Actor in a Musical
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Gavin Creel for The Book of Mormon (2014)
Official website Olivier

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical 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 Olivier Awards are the most prestigious theatrical awards in the United Kingdom and are the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards. As of 2013, the actor who holds the most awards in this category is Philip Quast, with three.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Actor Musical Character
Anton Rodgers Songbook Various Characters
Tony Britton My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Michael Crawford Charlie and Algernon Charlie
Ben Cross Chicago Billy Flynn


Year Actor Musical Character
Denis Quilley Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Tom Conti They're Playing Our Song Vernon
John Diedrich Oklahoma! Curly
Denis Lawson Pal Joey Joey
Michael Crawford Barnum P.T. Barnum
Brian Blessed Cats Old Deuteronomy
Henderson Forsythe The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Wayne Sleep Cats Mister Mistoffolees
Roy Hudd Underneath the Arches Bud Flanagan
Tim Curry The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
Bob Hoskins Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Stephen Moore Poppy Jack Idle
Denis Lawson Mr. Cinders Mr. Cinders
George Costigan Blood Brothers Mickey
Teddy Kempner Snoopy! The Musical Snoopy
Peter Woodward Bashville Unknown
Paul Clarkson The Hired Man John Tallentire
Tim Flavin On Your Toes Junior
David Kernan The Ratepayers' Iolanthe The Lord Chancellor
Lon Satton Starlight Express Poppa
Robert Lindsay Me and My Girl Bill Snibson
Alun Armstrong Les Misérables M. Thénardier
Mark McGann Lennon John Lennon
Colm Wilkinson Les Misérables Jean Valjean
Michael Crawford The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera
Paul Bentley H.M.S. Pinafore Captain Corcoran
George Hearn La Cage aux Folles Albin
Tommy Körberg Chess The Russian
John Bardon Kiss Me, Kate Gangster 1
Emil Wolk Gangster 2
Bernard Alane Bless the Bride Unknown
Mark McGann Up on the Roof Scott
Gary Olsen Up on the Roof Keith
Con O'Neill Blood Brothers Mickey
Bille Brown The Wizard of Oz Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West
Nickolas Grace Candide Voltaire / Dr. Pangloss
Mickey Rooney Sugar Babies Mickey
Jonathan Pryce Miss Saigon The Engineer
Alun Armstrong The Baker's Wife Aimable
Matthew Devitt Return to the Forbidden Planet Cookie
Paul Hipp Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly


Year Actor Musical Character
Philip Quast Sunday in the Park with George George
Ian Bartholomew Into the Woods The Baker
Bruce Hubbard Show Boat Joe
Paul J. Medford Five Guys Named Moe Little Moe
Alan Bennett Talking Heads Graham Whittaker
Philip Bird Good Rockin' Tonite Unknown
Jason Donovan Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
Damon Evans Carmen Jones Joe
Henry Goodman Assassins Charles Guiteau
Brent Carver Kiss of the Spider Woman Molina
Michael Hayden Carousel Billy Bigelow
Kirby Ward Crazy for You Bobby
Alun Armstrong Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Roger Allam City of Angels Stone
David Burt The Beggar's Opera Captain Macheath
Alan Cumming Cabaret Emcee
John Gordon Sinclair She Loves Me Georg
Peter Duncan The Card Denry Machin
Tim Flavin Crazy for You Bobby
Jonathan Pryce Oliver! Fagin
Adrian Lester Company Robert
Brian Conley Jolson The Musical Al Jolson
Ross Lehman Hot Mikado Koko
Clarke Peters Unforgettable Nat King Cole
Robert Lindsay Oliver! Fagin
Iain Glen Martin Guerre Martin Guerre
Paul Keating The Who's Tommy Tommy
Steven Pacey By Jeeves Bertie Wooster
Philip Quast The Fix Grahame Chandler
John Barrowman The Fix Cal Chandler
Henry Goodman Chicago Billy Flynn
Andrew C Wadsworth Kiss Me, Kate Fred
Entire Cast Kat and the Kings Entire Cast
Adam Garcia Saturday Night Fever Tony Manero
Hugh Jackman Oklahoma! Curly
Clarke Peters Chicago Billy Flynn


Year Actor Musical Character
Simon Russell Beale Candide Voltaire / Dr. Pangloss
Rob Edwards The Lion King Scar
Daniel Evans Candide Candide
Ben Keaton Animal Crackers Spaulding
Gus MacGregor Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly
Daniel Evans Merrily We Roll Along Charley
Jimmy Johnston The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
Paul Robinson Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
David Shannon The Beautiful Game John
Philip Quast South Pacific Emile de Becque
Brent Barrett Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham
Paul Keating Closer to Heaven Straight Dave
Jonathan Pryce My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Alex Jennings My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Tim Flavin My One and Only Captain Billy Buck Chandler
Michael Jibson Our House Joe Casey
Euan Morton Taboo George
David Bedella Jerry Springer: The Opera Warm Up Man / Satan
Graham Bickley Ragtime Tateh
Michael Brandon Jerry Springer: The Opera Jerry Springer
Kevyn Morrow Ragtime Coalhouse
Nathan Lane The Producers Max Bialystock
Lee Evans The Producers Leo Bloom
Paul Hegarty Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Gavin Lee Mary Poppins Bert
James Lomas Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot
George Maguire
Liam Mower
Douglas Hodge Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Ewan McGregor Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
Daniel Evans Sunday in the Park with George George
Tim Curry Monty Python's Spamalot King Arthur
Clarke Peters Porgy and Bess Porgy
Philip Quast Evita Juan Perón
Michael Ball Hairspray Edna Turnblad
Bertie Carvel Parade Leo
Henry Goodman Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Bob Martin The Drowsy Chaperone Man in Chair
Douglas Hodge La Cage aux Folles Albin
Denis Lawson La Cage aux Folles Georges
Ryan Molloy Jersey Boys Frankie Valli
Matt Rawle Zorro Zorro


Year Actor Musical Character
Aneurin Barnard Spring Awakening Melchior
Rowan Atkinson Oliver! Fagin
Bob Golding Morecambe Eric Morecambe
Alexander Hanson A Little Night Music Frederik
Tony Sheldon Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Bernadette
David Thaxton Passion Giorgio
Alex Gaumond Legally Blonde Emmett Forrest
Ramin Karimloo Love Never Dies The Phantom
Sahr Ngaujah Fela! Fela Kuti
Michael Xavier Love Story Oliver Barratt IV
Bertie Carvel Matilda the Musical Miss Trunchbull
Nigel Lindsay Shrek the Musical Shrek
Reece Shearsmith Betty Blue Eyes Gilbert Chilvers
Paulo Szot South Pacific Emile de Becque
Michael Ball Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Alex Bourne Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham
Tom Chambers Top Hat Jerry
Will Young Cabaret The Master of Ceremonies
Gavin Creel The Book of Mormon Elder Price
Jared Gertner The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham
Douglas Hodge Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka
Kyle Scatcliffe The Scottsboro Boys Haywood Patterson

Multiple awards for Best Actor[edit]

Three awards
  • Philip Quast
Two awards
  • Michael Ball
  • Michael Crawford
  • Robert Lindsay

Multiple nominations for Best Actor[edit]

Four nominations
  • Philip Quast
Three nominations
  • Alun Armstrong
  • Bertie Carvel
  • Michael Crawford
  • Daniel Evans
  • Tim Flavin
  • Henry Goodman
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Mark McGann
  • Denis Lawson
  • Clarke Peters
  • Jonathan Pryce
Two nominations
  • Michael Ball
  • Tim Curry
  • Paul Keating
  • Robert Lindsay

Multiple awards for a character[edit]

3 awards
  • Sweeney Todd from Sweeney Todd
2 awards
  • George from Sunday in the Park with George

Multiple nominations for a character[edit]

4 nominations
  • Sweeney Todd from Sweeney Todd
3 nominations
  • Billy Flynn from Chicago
  • Fagin from Oliver!
  • Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady
2 nominations
  • Albin from La Cage aux Folles
  • Curly from Oklahoma!
  • Emile de Becque from South Pacific
  • Fred Graham from Kiss Me, Kate
  • Mickey from Blood Brothers
  • Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls
  • The Pirate King from The Pirates of Penzance

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