Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress The Laurence Olivier Award for is an Best Actress in a Play annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976 and renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier. The award has been known by its current name of Best Actress since 1993, previously it was known as Actress of the Year. From 1976-1984 and again in 1988, there were two Actress of the Year awards. One for and the other for Actress of the Year in a New Play . Actress of the Year in a Revival 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s Multiple awards and nominations for Best ActressNote: The below awards and nominations include individuals awarded and nominated under the now-defunct categories Actress of the Year in a New Play and Actress of the Year in a Revival as well as the current combined Best Actress category. Awards;Four awards ;Three awards ;Two awards ;Nine nominations Eileen Atkins Lindsay Duncan Fiona Shaw Frances de la Tour Dorothy Tutin Margaret Tyzack Zoë Wanamaker Nominations ;Six nominations ;Five nominations Eileen Atkins Penelope Wilton ;Four nominations Glenda Jackson Kristin Scott Thomas Juliet Stevenson Maggie Smith Zoë Wanamaker ;Three nominations Sinéad Cusack Lindsay Duncan Clare Higgins Janet McTeer Helen Mirren Diana Rigg Fiona Shaw Harriet Walter ;Two nominations Gillian Anderson Lesley Manville Joan Plowright Vanessa Redgrave Imelda Staunton Frances de la Tour
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