Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actress in a Musical
Awarded for Best Actress in a Musical
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Zrinka Cvitešić for Once (2014)
Official website Olivier Awards.com

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress 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. In both 1977 and 1978 the Oliviers presented an award for Best Performance in a Musical, this was won by a female performer on both occasions. The 1977 winner was Anna Sharkey for Maggie, while in 1978 it was won by Elaine Paige for Evita. The following year they created the category for Best Actress in a Musical.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1979
Virginia McKenna The King and I Anna Leonowens
Carol Channing Hello, Dolly! Dolly Levi
Antonia Ellis Chicago Velma Kelly
Liz Robertson My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1980
Gemma Craven They're Playing Our Song Sonia Walsk
Sheila Hancock Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett
Julia McKenzie On the Twentieth Century Lily Garland
Siân Phillips Pal Joey Vera Simpson
1981
Carlin Glynn The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Mona Stangley
Petula Clark The Sound of Music Maria von Trapp
Patricia Hodge The Mitford Girls Nancy Mitford
Sylvia Kuumba Williams One Mo' Time "Big Bertha" Williams
1982
Julia McKenzie Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide
Val McLane Andy Capp Florrie
Imelda Staunton The Beggar's Opera Lucy Lockit
Marti Webb Song and Dance Emma
1983
Barbara Dickson Blood Brothers Mrs. Johnstone
Ellen Greene Little Shop of Horrors Audrey
Stephanie Lawrence Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
Sarah Payne Singin' in the Rain Lina Lamont
1984
Natalia Makarova On Your Toes Vera Barnova
Julia Hills The Hired Man Emily
Clare Leach 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
Sheila White Little Me Belle
1985
Patti LuPone Les Misérables Fantine
The Cradle Will Rock Moll
Betsy Brantley Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide
Carol Sloman Lennon Performer
Elisabeth Welch Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood Performer
1986
Lesley Mackie Judy Judy Garland
Maureen Lipman Wonderful Town Ruth
Elaine Paige Chess Florence
Angela Richards Side by Side by Sondheim Herself
1987
Nichola McAuliffe Kiss Me, Kate Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
Dee Dee Bridgewater Lady Day Billie Holiday
Julia McKenzie Follies Sally Durant Plummer
Carol Woods Blues in the Night Performer
1988
Patricia Routledge Candide Old Lady
Kiki Dee Blood Brothers Mrs. Johnstone
Ann Miller Sugar Babies Ann
Imelda Staunton The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Gale
1989/90
Lea Salonga Miss Saigon Kim
Patricia Hodge Noël and Gertie Gertie
Judy Kuhn Metropolis Maria / Futura
Elaine Paige Anything Goes Reno Sweeney

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1991
Imelda Staunton Into the Woods The Baker's Wife
Sally Burgess Show Boat Julie
Maria Friedman Sunday in the Park with George Dot / Marie
Julia McKenzie Into the Woods The Witch
1992
Wilhelmenia Fernandez Carmen Jones Carmen
Sharon Benson Carmen Jones Carmen
Linzi Hateley Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Narrator
Miriam Margolyes Dickens' Women Various Characters
1993
Joanna Riding Carousel Julie Jordan
Kim Criswell Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley
Ruthie Henshall Crazy for You Polly Baker
Kelly Hunter The Blue Angel Lola
1994
Julia McKenzie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett
Haydn Gwynne City of Angels Oolie / Donna
Patti LuPone Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
Elaine Paige Piaf Édith Piaf
1995
Ruthie Henshall She Loves Me Amalia
Betty Buckley Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
Sally Dexter Oliver! Nancy
1996
Judi Dench A Little Night Music Desirée Armfeldt
Elizabeth Mansfield Marie Marie
Caroline O'Connor Mack & Mabel Mabel
Elaine Paige Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
1997
Maria Friedman Passion Fosca
B.J. Crosby Smokey Joe's Café Performer
Joanna Riding Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
Imelda Staunton Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide
1998
Ute Lemper Chicago Velma Kelly
Maria Friedman Lady in the Dark Liza Elliott
Ruthie Henshall Chicago Roxie Hart
Siân Phillips Marlene Marlene Dietrich
1999
Sophie Thompson Into the Woods The Baker's Wife
Krysten Cummings Rent Mimi Márquez
Maria Friedman Chicago Roxie Hart
Josefina Gabrielle Oklahoma! Laurey

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
2000
Barbara Dickson Spend Spend Spend Viv Nicholson
Josette Bushell-Mingo The Lion King Rafiki
Rachel Leskovac Spend Spend Spend Young Viv Nicholson
Siobhan McCarthy Mamma Mia! Donna Sheridan
2001
Samantha Spiro Merrily We Roll Along Mary Flynn
Nicola Hughes Fosse Performer
Joanna Riding The Witches of Eastwick Jane Smart
Josie Walker The Beautiful Game Mary
2002
Martine McCutcheon My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle
Barbara Cook Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim Herself
Ruthie Henshall Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue
Marin Mazzie Kiss Me, Kate Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
2003
Joanna Riding My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle
Janie Dee My One and Only Edith Herbert
Elaine Stritch Elaine Stritch at Liberty Herself
Sarah Wildor Contact Wife
2004
Maria Friedman Ragtime Mother
Amanda Holden Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dilmount
Alison Jiear Jerry Springer: The Opera Shawntel
Maureen Lipman Thoroughly Modern Millie Mrs. Meers
2005
Laura Michelle Kelly Mary Poppins Mary Poppins
Maria Friedman The Woman in White Marian
Leigh Zimmerman The Producers Ulla
2006
Jane Krakowski Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide
Haydn Gwynne Billy Elliot the Musical Mrs. Wilkinson
Jenna Russell Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
Julie Walters Acorn Antiques: The Musical! Mrs. Overall
2007
Jenna Russell Sunday in the Park with George Dot / Marie
Nicola Hughes Porgy and Bess Bess
Tonya Pinkins Caroline, or Change Caroline
Elena Roger Evita Eva Perón
Hannah Waddingham Monty Python's Spamalot Lady of the Lake
2008
Leanne Jones Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
Lara Pulver Parade Lucille Frank
Sheridan Smith Little Shop of Horrors Audrey
Summer Strallen The Drowsy Chaperone Janet Van Der Graaf
2009
Elena Roger Piaf Édith Piaf
Sofia Escobar West Side Story Maria
Kathryn Evans Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
Ruthie Henshall Marguerite Marguerite
Emma Williams Zorro Luisa

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
2010
Samantha Spiro Hello, Dolly! Dolly Levi
Melanie Chisholm Blood Brothers Mrs. Johnstone
Patina Miller Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier
Hannah Waddingham A Little Night Music Desirée Armfeldt
Charlotte Wakefield Spring Awakening Wendla
2011
Sheridan Smith Legally Blonde Elle Woods
Sierra Boggess Love Never Dies Christine Daaé
Elena Roger Passion Fosca
Emma Williams Love Story Jenny
2012
The Matildas Matilda the Musical Matilda Wormwood
Kate Fleetwood London Road Julie
Sarah Lancashire Betty Blue Eyes Joyce Chilvers
Scarlett Strallen Singin' in the Rain Kathy Seldon
2013
Imelda Staunton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett
Heather Headley The Bodyguard Rachel Marron
Summer Strallen Top Hat Dale Tremont
Hannah Waddingham Kiss Me, Kate Lilli Vanessi / Katharine
2014
Zrinka Cvitešić Once Girl
Rosalie Craig The Light Princess The Light Princess
Jenna Russell Merrily We Roll Along Mary Flynn
Charlotte Wakefield The Sound of Music Maria von Trapp

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