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A delighted Rufus and Kathleen picked up the best actor and actress honours at Monday night's theatre awards
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Silent Witness star Emilia was among the roll-call of showbiz names attending the ceremony at the Savoy Hotel
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KATHLEEN AND RUFUS TAKE TOP HONOURS AT THEATRE AWARDS

28 NOVEMBER 2006

Hollywood veteran Kathleen Turner was the toast of London's Theatreland this week after being named best actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The 52-year-old picked up the coveted gong for her role as Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

"As an American actress I have had Tony nominations before but I have such great admiration for the quality of British theatre that I am truly thrilled," said Kathleen, whose screen credits have included blockbusters such as The Jewel Of The Nile.

Charles II star Rufus Sewell was also lapping up the plaudits on Monday night after he walked away with the best actor award for his performance as a Czech dissident in Tom Stoppard's play Rock 'n' Roll. The 39-year-old thespian, who was presented with his gong by English Patient beauty Kristin Scott Thomas, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Michael Sheen and Kevin Spacey.

"This award is very special because it is quite easy to get recognised for being a newcomer, but to still be in the game all these years later is fantastic," he said.

A glittering array of home talent attended the ceremony in the capital's opulent Savoy Hotel including Brit actress Emilia Fox, Kathy Burke and new dad Damian Lewis. He accompanied his fiancée, The Queen star Helen McCrory, who was on hand to present an award. The talented pair have just moved into a new five-bedroom house in North London's Tufnell Park with daughter Manon and plan to wed in Wales next summer.


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