Kelly nominated for Best Actor award

Stars In Their Eyes host Matthew Kelly has been nominated for best actor at the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards

Stars In Their Eyes host Matthew Kelly has been nominated for best actor at the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards.

The presenter is shortlisted for his stage role in Of Mice And Men and is up against the likes of Kenneth Branagh.

Critics raved about his performance as Lenny, the gentle giant in John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic.

Kelly appeared in the production, which toured the UK before playing at London’s Savoy Theatre, shortly after being cleared over a child abuse allegation.

In January last year he was arrested following claims he had sexually abused a young boy in the 1970s.

He emphatically denied the allegations throughout the police inquiry and was cleared the following month.

Kelly is now back on screen hosting a new series of Stars In Their Eyes.

Branagh is nominated for Edmond at the National’s Olivier Theatre, and Michael Sheen – Kate Beckinsale’s ex – for Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.

In the best actress category, Helen Mirren is nominated for Mourning Becomes Electra at the Lyttelton Theatre, and Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in Three Sisters at the Playhouse Theatre.

Amanda Holden is up against Thoroughly Modern Millie co-star Maureen Lipman for the best actress in a musical award.

And Michael Brandon is nominated for the best actor in a musical award for his starring role in Jerry Springer – The Opera, as is co-star David Bedella.

Best new musical will go to the outrageous Jerry Springer musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie or Terrence McNally’s Ragtime.

Elmina’s Kitchen, written by Casualty and Celebrity Fame Academy star Kwame Kwei-Armah, is in the running for best new play.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on February 22, hosted by Clive Anderson.

Main nominations:

Best Actress

:: Eileen Atkins – Honour

:: Helen Mirren – Mourning Becomes Electra

:: Ann Mitchell – Through The Leaves

:: Kelly Reilly – After Miss Julie

:: Kristin Scott Thomas – Three Sisters

Best Actor

:: Roger Allan – Democracy

:: Kenneth Branagh – Edmond

:: Greg Hicks – Coriolanus

:: Matthew Kelly – Of Mice And Men

:: Michael Sheen – Caligula

Best Performance In A Supporting Role

:: Joe Dixon – The Roman Actor

:: Oliver Ford Davies – Absolutely! (Perhaps)

:: Paul Hilton – Mourning Becomes Electra

:: Warren Mitchel – The Price

Best New Play

:: Democracy – Michael Frayn

:: Elmina’s Kitchen – Kwame Kwei-Armah

:: Hitchcock Blonde – Terry Johnson

:: The Pillowman – Martin McDonagh

Best Revival

:: Absolutely! (Perhaps)

:: Caligula

:: Mourning Becomes Electra

:: Of Mice And Men

Best New Musical

:: Jerry Springer – The Opera

:: Ragtime

:: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Musical Production

:: High Society

:: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

:: Pacific Overtures

:: Tell Me On A Sunday

Best Actress In A Musical

:: Maria Friedman – Ragtime

:: Amanda Holden – Thoroughly Modern Millie

:: Alison Jiear – Jerry Springer – The Opera

:: Maureen Lipman – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Actor In A Musical

:: David Bedella – Jerry Springer – The Opera

:: Graham Bickley – Ragtime

:: Michael Brandon – Jerry Springer – The Opera

:: Kevyn Morrow – Ragtime

Best Director

:: Stafford Arima – Ragtime

:: Michael Grandage – Caligula

:: Gary Griffin – Pacific Overtures

:: Stewart Lee – Jerry Springer – The Opera

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