Jack Lowden has won this year’s Ian Charleson award for outstanding performance in a classical role by an actor under the age of 30.
He was given the prize for his appearance as Oswald in the revival of Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre in London, a performance that also won him this year’s Olivier award for best actor in a supporting role.
Janet Suzman presented the actor with the £5,000 prize at the National Theatre during a ceremony on April 25.
Jessie Buckley was awarded second place for her performance as Miranda in The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe and also as Princess Katharine in Henry V as part of the Michael Grandage season. She received £2,000.
Meanwhile, Graham Butler took third position for his appearance as Henry VI in Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Henry VI, parts I, II and III and was given £500.
The three winners were selected from a shortlist of 14 actors by a panel of judges comprising actor Francesca Annis, director Michael Grandage, former Sunday Times critic John Peter, and the NT’s director of casting, Wendy Spon.
The prize was set up by the National Theatre and the Sunday Times to commemorate and celebrate the life of stage and film actor Ian Charleson.