Nicole Kidman's long awaited return to the West End has resulted in triumph as she takes home the coveted prize of Best Actress in a Play at the WhatsOnStage awards for her incredible scientist role in 'Photograph 51', which ran in Autumn 2015.

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman takes home another award for 'Photograph 51'

The actress - who adds the award to her already extensive accolade collection which includes an Oscar, three Golden Globes and a BAFTA among others - was honoured with the prize at the ceremony which took place at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday (February 21st 2016), with the play itself also landing the award for Best New Play. She beat fellow nominees Denise Gough ('People, Places and Things'), Lia Williams ('Oresteia'), Rosalie Craig ('As You Like It') and Harriet Walter ('Death of a Salesman'), while play itself was up against 'The Hangmen', 'Oppenheimer', 'People, Places and Things' and 'Farinelli and the King'.

Kidman portrayed the British scientist Rosalind Franklin in the play about the revolutionary research surrounding the molecular structures of DNA, RNA and photography. It was a role particularly close to her heart, given that her own father Antony was a biochemist who passed away in 2014. The Michael Grandage directed play ran between September and November at the Noël Coward Theatre and marked the first West End role for Kidman in over 15 years.

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'I had an emotional need for this performance because of my dad', she told the DailyMail. 'I've had a lot of scientists come and say thank you.' Another big winner from the WhatsOnStage awards was Benedict Cumberbatch, who landed Best Actor In A Play for his 'Hamlet' revival which also won Best Play Revival.

Nicole Kidman has been working alongside director Michael Grandage again with the upcoming biographical drama 'Genius' starring Jude Law and Colin Firth, a story exploring the career of Scribner book editor Max Perkins who oversaw such literature by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She's also set to appear in the Indian/Australian drama 'Lion' alongside Dev Patel and Rooney Mara and the romantic comedy 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'.