Our Emma nominated as best musical actress

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CALDERDALE West End star Emma Williams has been nominated for a top award – for the second time.

The former North Halifax Grammar School pupil whose rose to fame as the original Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has been singled out by critics for her latest performance in the new musical Love Story.

Emma, 27, has been nominated in the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards in the best actress in a musical category.

She was nominated in the same category two years ago for her role as Luisa in the musical Zorro.

Love Story, the musical, is based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel which was made into a hit movie starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.

Emma plays the role of Jenny Cavilleri in the tear-jerking production.

“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured, especially because I have been nominated along with three phenomenally talented actresses.

“To be in the same category as them is just wonderful,” Emma told the Courier.

Her fellow nominees are Sierra Boggess for Love Never Dies, Elena Roger for Passion and Sheridan Smith for Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Love Story began its run at Chichester and was so successful it transferred to London’s West End, to the Duchess Theatre last November.

It completes its run at the end of this month after receiving huge critical acclaim.

Critics have described Emma as “simply divine” with one writing: “Williams’ rendition of Nocturnes is perhaps the melodic pinnacle of the night.”

Emma’s co-star Michael Xavier who stars as Oliver Barratt IV, has also been nominated for best actor in a musical and the show itself has been nominated for best new musical.

The Olivier Awards are the most prestigious awards in London theatre and the highlight of the theatrical year.

They were established in 1976 with the late actor agreeing to have his name associated with them in 1984.

This year’s awards’ presentation evening on March 13 will return to the stage with all the glamour of a red-carpet night – they will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The event will be televised by the BBC as well as being broadcast on the radio.

“It should be a terrific evening, very glamorous so I am really looking forward to that,” said Emma.

She added that she was now auditioning for a number of new roles but could not confirm details yet.

She is also busy planning her wedding in October.

“I’m very busy with lots to do but at least I have got the dress organised,” she said.