Clarence Derwent Awards winners announced

This year’s winners of the Clarence Derwent awards are Michelle Fairley for her portrayal of Cassius in Julius Caesar at the Bridge and Irfan Shamji for three performances: as Harry, in the Mayfly at the Orange Tree in Richmond, John in  One for Sorrow at the Royal Court and Luke in Dance Nation at the Almeida.

The Awards were presented on 7 February , 12.30 – 3.30pm at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

The Clarence Derwent Awards are given annually by Equity for the best individual male and female performances in a supporting role for in work done during 2018 on a London stage.

The UK awards date back to 1948 and have an illustrious history of rewarding some of the most respected names in British theatre – including familiar names such as Sir Ian McKellen, Timothy West and Dame Judi Dench – but also many other actors whose contributions to British theatre is most highly prized by their peers.

The judges 
The judges were producer Thelma Holt, critics Kate Bassett, Susannah Clapp, and Matt Truemam, plus Equity vice president Ian Barritt and director Jonathan Munby.  

Student and young member bursary
Equity also takes this opportunity to present its student and young member bursaries. The four bursaries are worth £500 each. The Student bursaries went to Elizabeth Hammerton, studying at LAMDA, and Vincent Rosec studying at East 15. The Young Member Bursaries went to Jonny Grundy,  a circus artist, and Constance Wookey, who is using the money to take a show to the Fringe.