Queen of Comedy keen to become toast of West End

The newly crowned Queen of Comedy, Miranda Hart, has set her sights on a West End debut.

The TV comic, who picked up three awards at The British Comedy Awards on Saturday, said the ceremony was "surreal but completely lovely".

Speaking backstage at the event at the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London, she said: "To just do something completely different would be really nice. What I'd love to do is make my West End debut.

"That would be lovely and then I could write in the day though that is probably completely unrealistic."

The star, who was voted Queen of Comedy in a public poll during the awards, said she would "love" to play the part of the alcoholic orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, in Annie.