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LAMDA and Guildhall students take top places in new format 2016 Spotlight Prize

Spotlight prize winners with judges Suranne Jones and Phil Davis. Photo: Jamie Drew Spotlight prize winners with judges Suranne Jones and Phil Davis. Photo: Jamie Drew
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Graduates from LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama have taken home the top accolades at this year’s Spotlight Prize.

Peter Losasso, from LAMDA, was named best actor (stage), while Guildhall’s Bessie Carter won best actor (screen) in the first year the prize has featured dual category winners.

The pair were among 20 shortlisted graduates that performed for a panel of industry experts that included Denise Gough, Suranne Jones and Gemma Chan.

Chan praised the standard of the performances, and added: “It’s so hard to judge and there were so many strong performances. The ones that stood out this evening were where you couldn’t see any effort.”

Losasso performed The Age of Consent to win the £2,000 prize, with Carter’s performance of Anemone also winning £2,000.

The annual showcase was directed this year by Matthew Dunster and held at the Bloomsbury Ball room on July 19.

For the first time, the nominees also took part in a screen acting workshop with director Shimmy Marcus earlier this month, with their performances judged by a panel of TV and film casting directors.

Carter said her win felt fantastic, adding: “I’m very shocked but proud to have won.

Losasso said: “I feel very lucky to have got the chance to perform tonight and very grateful.”

Other recent winners include Rosalind Eleazor and Samuel Valentine.

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