It was a star-studded turn-out for this year’s 30th annual Laurence Olivier Awards. Here’s a selection of some of our favourite pictures from last night’s party at the London Hilton.

Winners in attendance included: Eve Best, Brian Dennehy, Noma Dumezweni, Gerald Sibleyras, Derren Brown, Richard Eyre, Lee Hall, Stephen Daldry, Jane Krakowski, Michael Grandage, James Lomas, George Maguire, Liam Mower, Celia Imrie, Nicolas Kent and Sir Ian McKellen.

Awards presenters were: Alex Kingston, Angela Rippon, Anita Dobson, Catherine Tate, Christian Slater, Dominic Cooke, Jodhi May, Kathleen Turner, Martin Jarvis, Matthew Modine, Michael Grandage, Michelle Collins, Natascha McElhone, Neve Campbell, Nigel Havers, Paul O'Grady, Piers Morgan, Reece Shearsmith, Richard Olivier, Roger Allam, Sam West and Sir Simon Milton.

In addition, there were numerous nominees and other celebrity guests in attendance, including: Tracie Bennett, Jorg Betts, Christopher Biggins, Victoria Wood, David Furnish, Lee Hall, David Lan, Nick Moran, Clare Higgins, Laura Wade, Helen McCrory Damian Lewis, Richard Bean, Jenny Eclair, Douglas Hodge, Ewan McGregor, Jenna Russell, Harriet Walter, Guy Henry, Con O’Neill, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Bradley, Anne Reid, Paul Ritter, Peter Quilter, Scarlet Strallen, Sean Foley, Howard Brenton, Lez Brotherston, Brian May, Megan Dodds, Clint Dyer, Rick Fisher, Jamila Gavin, Deborah Findlay, Terry Jardine, Charlotte Jones, James Nesbitt, Owen McCafferty, Conleth Hill, Richard Norton-Taylor, Christopher Oram, Peter Oswald, Graham Sheffield, Ian Talbot, Catherine Tate, David Threlfall, Derek Jacobi, Phyllida Lloyd, Ian MacNeil, Anthony Minghella, Maximilian Schell and Haydn Gwynne.

To view more photos from the day, click on the following links:

  • Photos - page 1
  • Photos - page 2
  • Photos - page 3


  • For the full list of 2006 Olivier winners & first photos, click here
  • For analysis of the judges’ decisions, click here
  • For reporting on the entertainment & acceptance remarks, click here
  • For additional titbits from the night in The Goss, click here
  • For an overview of the Oliviers & other awards in Features, click here


    Hedda Gabler’s Eve Best & Death of a Salesman’s Brian Dennehy
    were named Best Actress & Best Actor
    Sir Ian McKellen collected the Society’s Special Award, for his lifetime’s contribution to theatre,
    from Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage
    Royal Court artistic director designate Dominic Cooke presented the award for
    Best Revival to Richard Eyre for Hedda Gabler