28 NOVEMBER 2007

While The Last King Of Scotland actor James McAvoy conquers Hollywood, his talented other half, Anne-Marie Duff, has picked up a singular accolade of her own.

The actress was crowned queen of the London stage before an audience that read like a Who's Who of British acting. Included among them were Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo, and The Kumar stars, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Baskar.

At the Evening Standard Awards ceremony Anne-Marie - who first came to public attention in Channel 4's gritty drama Shameless - was presented with the best actress trophy for her performance in the title role of Saint Joan at the National Theatre.

"I'm fulfilling something I dreamed about my whole life," she'd previously said of the part, which bagged her the win ahead of contenders like Billie Piper.

Also having a lucky night was former Star Trek captain Patrick Stewart, who walked away with the top actor award for his portrayal of Macbeth. The 67-year-old veteran said of his prize: "I've never won anything like this, so it's brilliant."

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The actress, who is married to Hollywood sensation James McAvoy, confirmed her place as one of her generation's big talents on Tuesday. Anne-Marie joined former Star Trek captain Patrick in taking a top prize at the Evening Standard AwardsPhoto: © Getty ImagesClick on photos for gallery
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Hotel Rwanda star Sophie was among those on hand to see the pair honouredPhoto: © Getty Images