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David Thaxton wins Olivier Award

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:57 UK time, Monday, 14 March 2011

Welsh actor David Thaxton last night scooped an Olivier Award for his performance as Captain Giorgio in the Donmar Warehouse revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Passion.

David Thaxton and Elena Roger in Passion. Photo: Johan Persson

David Thaxton and Elena Roger in Passion. Photo: Johan Persson

Thaxton, from Neath, is a former member of Welsh choir Only Men Aloud. He scooped the prestigious award in the category of Best Actor in a Musical, beating Alex Gaumond (Legally Blonde The Musical), Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies), Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) and Michael Xavier (Love Story) to the prize.

His win follows on from the Welsh successes of last year's awards ceremony, when actors Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon both won awards for their roles in musical Spring Awakening.

Find out more about the 2011 Olivier Award winners on the BBC News website or on www.olivierawards.com.


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