Lucy Briers and Hammed Animashaun have been named winners of this year’s Clarence Derwent Awards.
The awards, which have been presented since 1948, honour an actor and actress for their performances in supporting roles.
Briers won for her portrayal as Mrs Helseth in Rosmersholm, which ran last year, while Animashaun won for two performances: Willie in Master Harold and the Boys at the National Theatre, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre.
The awards were presented on February 12 at the Donmar Warehouse Clore Studios in London.
The Clarence Derwent Awards are given annually by Equity. Previous winners include Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Timothy West.
The judges included producer Thelma Holt, critics Susannah Clapp, and Matt Trueman, director Jonathan Munby, journalist and dramaturg Kate Bassett and Equity vice president Ian Barritt.