The Olivier Awards have been announced, and Sherlock, Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss has been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Three Days In The Country.
Three Days in the Country is by Patrick Marber, inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s classic A Month in the Country. Gatiss plays the role of Shpigelsky, and Time Out called his performance ‘perfect.’ Gatiss also recently appeared as Stephen Gardiner in ‘Wolf Hall,’ and his performance in that series would also be considered perfect.
But Gatiss is best known to Whovians for his writing and acting on the show. He has written eight scripts and for all of the modern Doctors. His most recent episode was in series 9 with ‘Sleep No More,’ written for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. For series eight there was ‘Robots of Sherwood’ which represented a humorous adventure for a much more serious Doctor. His ‘Night Terrors’ with the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, features life size, horrible dolls, a lifetime source of anxiety for Gatiss. In 2006 came ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’ for Tenth Doctor David Tennant, which blended the Queen’s coronation with a faceless, dreadful monster called the Wire. While his script in series one, for Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, ‘The Unquiet Dead’, introduced the space-time rift in Cardiff.
Gatiss has acted in Doctor Who as well, including in his own episode, ‘Victory of the Daleks;’ in fact, he is the only person to have written and starred in the same episode. Along with Who Gatiss also works as co-creator and co-producer with Steven Moffat on Sherlock. The Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has also been nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Hamlet.
The Olivier Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. The award show takes place on 3 April at the Royal Opera House in London.