Sunderland actor celebrates gongs for Matilda the Musical

Wearsider Gary Watson in West End musical Matilda, which won the most awards ever at the Olivier Awards.
Wearsider Gary Watson in West End musical Matilda, which won the most awards ever at the Olivier Awards.
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A SUNDERLAND-BORN actor is living his dream after starring in a musical that smashed records at the theatre world’s Oscars.

 Matilda the Musical scooped a record haul at the recent Olivier Awards when it walked away seven gongs.

 And Sunderland-born Gary Watson, who landed a role in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) musical in August, was able to celebrate with co-stars at the ceremony.

 The 27-year-old said: “We’re all absolutely thrilled and it was an incredible night. It’s such an honour and is fantastic to be part of this.”

 Gary, of Plains Farm, plays Matilda’s mum’s Italian dance partner Rudolpho – one of many characters created specially for the musical.

 Gary, who has landed several roles in West End shows, including Les Miserables and Cats, said: “It’s amazing to be back in the West End with such a high-profile show.

 “It’s also incredible to be involved with the RSC. It’s been a dream of mine to work for such a huge established company that has such a great reputation.”

 Gary attended the Olivier Awards recently, which saw the musical enter the record books after winning seven of the 10 – the maximum number of categories – nominations.

 He said: “To be at the Olivier Awards at London’s Royal Opera House was an amazing experience. It was probably one of the best nights of my life.

 “Shows like this really don’t come along that often.”

 His mum Maureen, of Premier Road, said: “I’m so proud.”