Helen Mirren wins Tony award

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren has been named best actress in a play at the Tony theatre awards in New York.

She took home the prize for her portrayal of the Queen in The Audience.

After her name was called at the awards ceremony in New York, Dame Helen walked onto the stage and said: "Your Majesty, you did it again."

"The foundation upon which I stand is beautifully built by an elegant and fleet play by Peter Morgan, an elegant and theatrical production by Stephen Daldry, an elegant and imaginative set by the great Bob Crowley, a stage management team who are certainly not elegant and a crew who are stupendous, a dresser who is a rock, producers who rock and of course an incredible cast of British and American actors who make the Atlantic look like a little creek you can just pop across.

"This is an unbelievable honour and I am so thrilled."

Richard McCabe, who plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Audience, was awarded best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play.

Other British wins included Alex Sharp for best actor and Marianne Elliott for best directing of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was also named best play.