Helen Mirren won the first statue of the night at the 2015 Tony Awards Sunday. She won best leading actress in a play for her performance in “The Audience.” This was Mirren’s first Tony Award.
The actress, 69, has played the Queen of England several times, including in “The Queen” movie and a TV mini series called “Elizabeth I.” She even won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" in 2006. In “The Audience,” which Mirren started on in London's West End in 2013, she played Elizabeth II again.
“Your Majesty, you did it again,” Mirren said when she got to the stage. “What a massive honor. Thank you, thank you so much.”
The award was dedicated to someone special in Mirren’s life, but she chose not to address him or her by name. “Baby, this is for you and you know why. That’s nothing rude incidentally,” she assured the audience.
Mirren was nominated against Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”), Carey Mulligan (“Skylight”) and Ruth Wilson (“Constellations”).
Watch Mirren's acceptance speech: