Olivier Awards 2014: Rory Kinnear beats Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston to Best Actor for Othello
The English actor's portrayal of Iago saw him take home the prestigious award
Rory Kinnear has taken home the Olivier Award for Best Actor, beating competition from Henry Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law.
The English actor, 36, won for his portrayal of Shakespeare's villain Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello.
"It was the most thrilling professional performance of my life," he said upon accepting the award from Kathleen Turner.
Hiddleston and Law were both nominated for their titular roles in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Henry V respectively.
Goodman earned his nod for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre - the only performance not penned by Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday will be celebrated later this month.
Speaking to The Independent on the red carpet, Kinnear paid tribute to the lasting power of Shakespeare's plays.
"I think he might have something, judging by the fact that his work is still being performed after 400 years and I'm pretty sure still will be in another 400 years time," he said.
"You do need to have a decent part to have a chance of being nominated and he tended to write those by the bucket load."
Kinnear also praised his co-star Adrian Lester, who played Othello, before confessing to being "so f***ing tired" after the birth of his daughter Hope just three weeks ago.
"Adrian brought the heart to it," he said backstage. "Iago is the absence of heart and Othello has to jump off the top of the mountain to the dark pit at the bottom. Iago is thrashing around there from the beginning.”
Kinnear last won an Olivier Award in 2008 when he was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Man of Mode.
He went home victorious from the London Evening Standard Awards in November, sharing Best Actor with Lester, and won two Critics Choice Awards in January.
Kinnear's screen credits include Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Southcliffe.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 3 WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
- 4 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 5 Germanwings plane crash: I have depression. That doesn't make me a psychopath
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew