Judi Dench wins a record-breaking eighth Olivier Award
Dame Judi Dench entered the record books last night as she became the first actor in history to win eight times at the prestigious Olivier Awards. The veteran actress was awarded her eighth victory for her role as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, a stage show produced by Kenneth Branagh's theatre company.
Dame Judi was typically humble in accepting the award and was keen to praise the rest of the company, adding that the award is "lovely to have, but in actual fact it belongs to all those people just as much as it belongs to me."
The ceremony was held on Sunday night at London's Royal Opera House and also included wins for Irish actress Denise Gough for her role in People, Places & Things and Imelda Staunton, who took home the Best Actress award for her performance in Gypsy, becoming one of four wins for the hit musical.
Elsewhere in the men's categories there wins for Kenneth Cranham, who fought off competition from Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance to win Best Actor for his role in The Father, while Mark Gatiss picked up the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Three Days in the Country.