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Sarah Snook nominated for Best Actress Olivier for 26-character role in Dorian Gray

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Australian actor Sarah Snook, who has stunned the West End with her one-woman performance in an Oscar Wilde classic, has joined an all-star shortlist of nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards.

Snook, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star of Succession, is currently in the middle of a 14-week run of The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted and directed by Sydney Theatre Company’s Kip Williams at London’s Royal Haymarket Theatre.

Bathed in Emmy glory: Succession star Sarah Snook.
Sarah Snook

The 36-year-old, who is best known for playing Shiv Roy in the hit TV show about a dysfunctional family fighting for control of their media empire, was nominated for best actress alongside Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker for Plaza Suite, the 1968 Neil Simon play where she is appearing opposite her husband Matthew Broderick.

In the play, originally performed by Eryn-Jean Norvill in the Australian production, Snook plays 26 characters surrounded by a camera crew, so her performance can be beamed onto overhead screens. The Australian production with Norvill wowed critics in Sydney and Melbourne, while Snook has been hailed by Fleet Street as a “chameleonic tour de force” and a performer of “exceptional pluck and mercurial power”.

“I’m pretty stoked, yeah, just a bit overwhelmed,” the Adelaide-born actress told the BBC on learning of her nomination. “Australia’s asleep so I haven’t called my parents yet to tell them. I’m excited when they wake up to give them a call.”

Fellow crew member and Australian Marg Horwell, a multi-award-winning theatre, opera and film designer, also secured a nomination – for best costume design.

Snook and Parker will contest the category against Northern Irish actor Laura Donnelly for The Hills Of California, Oscar-nominated Sophie Okonedo for Medea, and Jonathan Creek star Sheridan Smith for Shirley Valentine.

The Olivier Awards take place in London on Sunday 14 April.

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