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Harry Potter Stars Daniel Radcliffe And Rupert Grint Scoop Prizes At Whatsonstage Awards

Best Newcomer winner Rupert reveals he was inspired to take on theatre by his pal Daniel

Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint both picked up gongs at the Whatsonstage Awards last night, with the Harry Potter co-stars reunited at the ceremony as they were honoured for their work in theatre.

Radcliffe, 24, won the prize for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which won rave reviews last year and is now set to transfer to Broadway.

While Dan is a theatre veteran, having starred in a number of hit productions since his stage debut in 2007 in Equus, Rupert only made his foray into the West End recently after seeking advice from his Harry Potter co-star.

Grint was named Newcomer of the Year for his portrayal of a 1950s Soho drug dealer in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, with the 25-year-old telling reporters after his win: “Dan has always said it’s a great thing to do and he absolutely loves it. Just watching him enjoy it told me it must be quite fun.”

Elswhere at the awards, A Midsummer Night’s Dream won Best Shakespearean Production and David Walliams, who played Bottom, won Best Supporting Actor in a Play.

Dame Helen Mirren won another gong for her acclaimed role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, with the actress taking home the Best Actress in a Play prize. The production was also awarded Best New Play and won Best Supporting Actress for Haydn Gwynne, who played Baroness Thatcher.


Original article found | FEBRUARY, 24th 2014

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