NICOLE Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier award. The former Pussycat Dolls singer only made her West End debut last December, but is already up for the best supporting actress in a musical title thanks to her performance as Grizabella in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, ‘Cats’.
The 36-year-old star will go up against Lorna Want from ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’, Samantha Bond from ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical’, and Haydn Gwynne from ‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical’ in the musical category, while Gemma Arterton is hoping to snap up the Best Actress trophy for her part in ‘Made In Dagenham The Musical.’
Meanwhile, James McAvoy will go up against Mark Strong, Richard Armitage and Tim Pigott-Smith in the Best Actor category, as Gillian Anderson leads the way in the Best Actress section.
‘King Charles III’, ‘Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies’, ‘The Nether and Taken At Midnight’ are up for Best New Play, while ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, ‘Handbagged’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ will battle it out for the Best New Comedy award.
‘Memphis the Musical’ and ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ are expected to be the big winners of the night as they lead the nominations with nine and eight nods respectively.
The Olivier Awards will take place on April 12, with the highlights of the event aired on ITV later that evening.
The full nominations and voting details can be found on the official website, www.olivierawards.com. – Bernama