Massive congratulations to GWILYM LEE, who won the prestigious Ian Charleson Award (First Prize) this week.
The Ian Charleson Award rewards the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30. Named in memory of the late actor Ian Charleson, the Award is run by the Sunday Times newspaper and the National Theatre, London, and was established in 1991 after Charleson’s death from AIDS the previous year. It has been awarded annually since.
GWILYM (shown left, on stage and in rehearsals) won this year’s award for his fantastic performance as ‘Edgar’ in The Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Sir Derek Jacobi in the titular role. After a sold-out season in London’s West End, the production toured the UK and concluded in New York, where it ran as part of BAM’s 2011 Spring Season.
Previous winners of the esteemed award include Tom Hollander (1992), Rupert Penry-Jones (1999), Andrea Riseborough (2006), Rory Kinnear (2007) and Tom Burke (2008), as well as Hamilton Hodell actors DAVID OYELOWO (2000) and CLAIRE PRICE (2001).