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Dame Angela Lansbury said she felt "like a million dollars" after winning her first Olivier Award for her first West End role in nearly 40 years. Dame Angela, 89, won best supporting actress for the role of eccentric medium Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.

The Kinks-inspired musical Sunny Afternoon and drama A View From the Bridge both won multiple awards. Hosted by Lenny Henry, the Oliviers ceremony took place at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday night.

Accepting her statuette, Dame Angela said: "All these years of waiting. I am so infinitely grateful to have this baby in my hands."

The Murder, She Wrote star, who was born in east London in 1925, recalled how she started her stage career in "a lovely play" with Dame Peggy Ashcroft, the title of which she couldn't recall. "I can't remember a lot of things these days - except I can remember my lines," she joked.  She added: "Here I am creeping up to 90 and feeling like a million dollars because I'm in London in this magnificent hall with all you - my roots, where I began."

The actress's star turn in Blithe Spirit took place at the Gielgud Theatre where her mother, actress Moyna Macgill, made her debut on the same stage in 1918 - when the theatre was known as The Globe.

The best actor prize went to Mark Strong, for his brooding performance in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, which enjoyed a sell-out run at Wyndham's Theatre and might soon transfer to Broadway.  

The role of tragic hero Eddie Carbone had lured Strong back to the stage after 12 years in film. "What's been amazing about doing this play is the young people who that came to see it who all wanted to talk about what they were seeing," he said.

"Thousands of years have gone by and we still have this thing called live theatre - and the reason is that we need to be able to compare ourselves to what we see up there and judge ourselves as human beings."

The play, originally staged at London's Young Vic, also won best revival and best director award for Ivo Van Hove. Penelope Wilton won best actress for Taken at Midnight in which she played the mother of a young German lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis.

Accepting her award, she said it was a story "that needed to be told again". "It has a resonance today even though it was about a man who died in 1937 - it's about the importance of democracy and freedom of speech."

Joe Penhall's play Sunny Afternoon, which transferred to the West End from London's Hampstead Theatre, was crowned best new musical.