Susannah Fielding has won this year’s Ian Charleson award for outstanding performance in a classical role by an actor under the age of 30.
Fielding was awarded first prize of £5,000 for her portrayal of Portia in The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre, which ran earlier this year.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the National Theatre, and also saw Tom Mothersdale pick up the second prize for his performance in the Young Vic’s The Cherry Orchard. He received £2,000.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Erivo was awarded third prize of £500 for her role in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse.
The three winners were selected from a shortlist of 13 actors.
The awards were set up in 1991 by the National Theatre and the Sunday Times in celebration of the life of stage and film actor Ian Charleson, who died in 1990.
The prize was won last year by Jack Lowden for his performance in Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre .