12 February 2020
The ceremony for the 2019 Clarence Derwent awards was held today in London, with the 2019 awards going to Lucy Briers for her portrayal of Mrs Helseth in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York's Theatre, and to Hammed Animashaun for two performances: Willie in Master Harold and the Boys at the National Theatre and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bridge.
Hammed's award was collected on his behalf by fellow actor Jermaine Freeman.
Clarence Derwent was a London-born actor who became president of American Actors' Equity from 1946-52. He established awards on both sides of the Atlantic for actors in supporting roles and the UK awards have been running since 1948, recognising the best supporting actor and actress on a London stage during a 12 month period.
The judges were producer Thelma Holt, critics Susannah Clapp, and Matt Truemam, director Jonathan Munby, journalist and dramaturg Kate Bassett and Equity vice president Ian Barritt. The Awards were presented by Equity President, Maureen Beattie.
Equity also took the opportunity to give out our Student Member and Young Member bursaries, introduced in 2006. Our 2019 recipients of the Student Member bursaries were Joseph Scatley, studying at Rose Bruford, and Sharune who is studying at the Reel Scene. The Young Member bursaries were won by singer Jefferson Parlett and comedian Abigail Carter-Simpson.