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Royal Academy of Music and Manchester School of Theatre graduates win 2017 Spotlight Prize

Spotlight Prize winners Cecily Redman and Yasmin Mwanza Spotlight Prize winners Cecily Redman and Yasmin Mwanza. Photo: Joanna Nicole
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Graduates from the Royal Academy of Music and Manchester School of Theatre have taken home the top awards at this year’s Spotlight Prize.

Cecily Redman, from London’s Royal Academy of Music, was named best stage actor, with Yasmin Mwanza from Manchester School of Theatre winning the screen acting prize.

They were chosen from a shortlist of 20 following a showcase at Shakespeare’s Globe on July 11.

Each of the 20 graduates performed for three minutes in front of a panel of judges that included Sarah Parish, Mark Bonnar, Elaine Cassidy, Paapa Essiedu and Vicky McClure.

The shortlisted actors also took part in a screen acting workshop ahead of the event, with their final performances being shown on the night.

Both Redman and Mwanza win a £2,000 prize.

This was the second year of the new format Spotlight Prize, which now has two categories.

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