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Nicole Kidman wins best actress prize at WhatsOnStage awards

Nicole Kidman has won best actress in a play honours at London’s WhatsOnStage Awards for her depiction of a real-life scientific heroine in “Photograph 51.”

Kidman played Rosalind Franklin, one of the team that discovered the double helix structure of DNA, in Anne Ziegler’s drama, which also was named best new play.

Kidman said returning to the stage after 17 years was “so fulfilling, but it was terrifying. The stage fright was pretty extreme.”

Benedict Cumberbatch was named best actor in a play for “Hamlet,” which was also named best revival.

Judi Dench was named best supporting actress for “The Winter’s Tale.” Musical performance prizes went to Imelda Staunton for “Gypsy” and Matt Henry for “Kinky Boots.”

The awards are sponsored by website whatsonstage.com and decided by public vote.

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