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Natalie Simpson wins 2017 Ian Charleson Award

Natalie Simpson won the Ian Charleson award for her performance in The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Tristram Kenton Natalie Simpson won the Ian Charleson award for her performance in The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Natalie Simpson has won the 2017 Ian Charleson Award, which celebrates actors under the age of 30 performing in a classical role.

Simpson won first prize for her performance as Duchess Rosaura in The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse in London.

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Second prize was awarded to Tamara Lawrance for her role as Viola in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, and third prize went to Ellie Bamber, who played Hilde in The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

They are given in memory of actor Charleson, who died in 1991, with the first prize winner receiving £5,000, second prize receiving £2,000, and third prize £500.

The shortlist also included Daniel Ezra, Sope Dirisu, Hannah Morrish, Rebecca Lee, James Corrigan, Arthur Hughes and Douggie McMeekin.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at the National Theatre.

Previous winners include Paapa Essiedu, Susannah Fielding and James McArdle.

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