Irish actress wins big at the Olivier Awards

Jessie Buckley won the award for Best Actress in a Musical for the stage production of Cabaret at the Olivier Awards.

Killarney actress Jessie Buckley has won the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

She is only the second Irish actress to take this award since the category’s introduction in 1978.

Her appearances in theatre, film and TV shows have been making waves in the industry in the last few years. She has performed in some incredible roles that have been highly praised.

Now, the Irish actress wins big at the Olivier Awards. On Sunday, she took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the stage production of Cabaret.

The Olivier Awards – esteemed award ceremony

Jessie Buckley, Irish actress wins big at the Olivier Awards.
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The Laurence Olivier Awards, more commonly known as the Olivier Awards, have been running every year in London since 1976.

Originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, it was given its current name in 1984 after the actor with the same name.

The equivalent of the USA’s Tony Awards, the ceremony has been forcibly cancelled for the last two shows due to the pandemic. This meant that this year’s celebration was a particularly poignant one.

Jessie Buckley – making waves

Jessie Buckley has been making waves in the industry.
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Jessie Buckley, who hails from Killarney, County Kerry, has been building up an incredible repertoire of films, theatre, and TV shows in the last few years. This includes Chernobyl in 2019 and I’m Thinking of Ending Things in 2020.

She has been doing exceptionally well in the field of award ceremonies so far this year. Earlier in 2022, she was among some incredible nominees at the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress.

This was for her intense and emotional performance in The Lost Daughter. Now this Sunday past, the Irish actress wins big at the Olivier Awards.

She is the first Irish actress to win this award since 1980. That year, Dublin actress Gemma Craven took the prize for They’re Playing Our Song, one year after the category was added.

Cabaret – the show that stole the show

Irish actress wins big at the Olivier Awards, along with co-star Eddie Redmayne.
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At this year’s Olivier Awards, Cabaret took home seven awards. This included Eddie Redmayne claiming the Best Actor in a Musical counterpart.

Redmayne highly praises his co-star. He said he wouldn’t have taken on the role if Buckley hadn’t been performing alongside him. He described her as “one of the greats”.

Liza Sadovy and Elliot Levey won supporting performer awards for the same production that saw London’s Playhouse Theatre transformed into the Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin.

Her performance in Cabaret was Buckley’s second-ever role in a stage show, which makes her win that more impressive.

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