The Spotlight Prize helps to launch the careers of outstanding graduates, offering them a platform to raise their profile within the industry. At Spotlight, we’re passionate about the performing arts and giving professional actors the best possible chance to succeed.

The prize will include both live performances and pre-recorded screen acting monologues which have been judged by a panel of leading casting directors for television and film. These videos will be shown after the stage performances and will be available to view in full below along with the performers profiles.

This year’s judging panel continues to add to our distinguished list of former judges, which includes actors Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Alex Jennings, Gemma Chan, Rosamund Pike, Hayley Atwell, and Paapa Essiedu, as well as casting directors Lucy Bevan, Nina Gold, Fiona Weir and Shaheen Baig, to name but a few.

The panel here tonight will deliberate over the stage performances and will announce which performers have won the Spotlight Prize for both stage and screen. Two prizes will be awarded:
Best Actor (Stage)
Best Actor (Screen)

Each of this year’s students were nominated by their schools and we’re delighted to be awarding £2000 each to the 2023 Spotlight Prize winners for screen and stage. Tonight’s winners will join a glittering class of Spotlight Prize alumni glittering alumni of previous winners from the 1950’s onwards, with previous winners including Angela Jones, Aaron Hodgetts, Sam Peace, Nimshi Kongolo, Rhiannon Clements, Lucy Reynolds, Lucie Sword, Francesco Piacentini-Smith, Rosalind Eleazar, Mimi Ndiweni, Faye Marsay, Bessie Carter, Andrew Gower, Kurt Egyiawan, Jodie Whittaker, Jim Broadbent and Dame Judi Dench.

We’re delighted to welcome back Paulette Randall MBE to direct the finalists as they film their monologues for the Best Actor (Screen) award and thrilled that Ché Walker will be directing their stage performances as part of the Best Actor (Stage) award.

Click below to find out more about our 2023 nominees and watch their performances.