(Australian Associated Press)
Nicole Kidman has been nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award for her recent return to the West End.
The Australian actress spent two months last year playing DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin in the stage play Photograph 51, and has already won a London Evening Standard Theatre Award and a WhatsOnStage Award for the role.
The Olivier Awards are Britain’s top theatre awards and Kidman is in good company with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch also nominated.
Kidman has frequently spoken of how she took the role of Franklin in honour of her late father, Dr Antony Kidman, who was a research scientist.
She also admitted that she cried when the play came to an end after its two-month run.
“I have just loved it so much, that connection with an audience and I’m going to miss it,” she told the London Evening Standard.
“I was sobbing on Saturday night at the curtain call. I’ve said to Michael (Grandage – the director) `Don’t make me wait another 17 years'” Kidman said.
Kidman last tread the boards on the West End in David Hare’s The Blue Room in 1998.
The Oliviers will take place on April 3 at the Royal Opera House, London.