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James McArdle wins 2015 Ian Charleson award

Winner James McArdle with guest of honour Meera Syal. Photo: Atri Banerjee
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James McArdle has won the 2015 Ian Charleson award for his performance in Platonov at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The annual award celebrates actors under the age of 30 in a classical role.

McArdle took home the first prize of £5,000 from a shortlist of 11 actors, including Elliot Barnes-Worrell, who won second prize (£2,000) for his role in Man and Superman at the National Theatre, and Freddie Fox, whose performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Crucible won him third prize (£500).

Other actors nominated included Jessica Brown Findlay, Jenny Rainsford, Jack Colgrave Hirst and Joel MacCormack.

The awards were announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre, with this year’s judging panel including Wendy Spon, Michael Grandage, John Peter and Deborah Findlay.

Meera Syal was guest of honour.

The awards, now in their 26th year, were set up to commemorate the life and work of Charleson, who died in 1990.

Recent previous winners include Susannah Fielding and Jack Lowden.