Tonys 2015: Helen Mirren wins for actress in a leading role for 'The Audience'

Tonys 2015: Helen Mirren wins for actress in a leading role for 'The Audience'

British actress Helen Mirren won the lead actress in a play Tony on Sunday for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's "The Audience."

It is the second major acting award for Mirren in a performance as Elizabeth: She won an Academy Award in 2007 for the film "The Queen," which focused on the monarch in the immediate aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.

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In "The Audience," the queen meets with a succession of British prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.

Two other British actresses, Carey Mulligan of "Skylight" and Ruth Wilson of "Constellations," were nominated. The other nominees were Geneva Carr for "Hand to God" and Elisabeth Moss for "The Heidi Chronicles."

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