A BROADWAY man is up for a prestigious acting award.

Will Close, who grew up in Broadway before moving to London, has been nominated for a best supporting actor award at the Olivier Awards. 

He plays the role of Harry Kane in Dear England, at the National Theatre. 

Mr Close said: "It has been very surreal and brilliant, its been the biggest highlight of my career so far, its one of those rare examples where the whole experience could not have been better. 

"The play has been nominated in nine categories, I hope it wins something."

He Prince Henry's school in Evesham, learning to act a young age. 

He first joined his mum in the local amateur dramatics group in Chipping Campden before studying drama from year nine before then studying English and Drama at the University of Manchester. 

The audition process for the role took around three months, in which he was required to improvise a post-match interview as Harry Cane. 

Mr Close continued: "I was in a waiting room for something else and my phone started to blow up, I've never had so many calls and texts. 

"The Oliviers are so prestigious and I'm lucky to be nominated.

"This might be it, it might be one of those things that never happens again. 

"I'm treating it as good to be nominated and I'm not thinking any further ahead. 

When talking about the prospect of meeting the likes of David Tennant and Sarah Jessica Parker, he said: "There is going to be a lot of pros there, but its always nice to say hello."

Dear England is a play by James Graham, reuniting with director Rupert Goold to tell the story of England Men's football manger, Gareth Southgate and his journey to detoxify English men's football.

The play has currently ended, but is still available in select cinemas.

The Olivier Awards show will be presented by Hannah Waddingham at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, April 14.