Alfred Enoch, known for his role as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film franchise has joined the judging panel for this year’s Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Actor Don Warrington will no longer be a judge for the competition because of his rehearsal schedule, but will become an ambassador, joining Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, who were announced earlier this year.
Enoch, whose stage credits include King Lear at the Royal Exchange alongside Warrington, joins existing judges including Russell T Davies, Lucy Prebble and Lyndsey Turner.
Now in its sixth year, the competition, which has a total prize fund of £40,000, is open to anyone over the age of 16 and judges previously unperformed plays.
Ten final scripts will be chosen to go into development with the Royal Exchange, which runs the prize alongside property company Bruntwood. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 13.
Enoch said: “I had the good fortune to work at the Royal Exchange last year, and I’m honoured to be asked to work with them again, this time on the judging panel for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize. As an actor my work starts and ends with the text, so for me this is an exciting opportunity to recognise the work done by playwrights and celebrate their part in the theatre making process.”