Showcase

The Spotlight Showcase

The Spotlight Showcase is one of the highlights of the drama school calendar and showcases some of the most exciting young talent to the industry, as well as awarding the Spotlight Prize to the best actor from the graduating year.

Each year, the UK's leading drama schools nominate their most promising student. These students then perform a three-minute monologue in front of a specially selected industry audience and VIP judging panel. The panel then award the Spotlight Prize to the best actor and a Highly Commended award to the runner-up.

The Spotlight Prize was established in 1954, when it was known as the Rodney Millington Award. Past winners include Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Jim Broadbent, Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker. Last year's winner, Samuel Valentine, is currently playing Romeo in The Globe's production of Romeo and Juliet, while 2013's winner Mimi Ndiweni has been a cast member at the RSC and will soon be seen in Warner Bros.' Tarzan. Previous Prize nominees have included Andrew Gower (Being Human), Damien Molony (Being Human, Ripper Street, Kill Your Friends), Alexandra Dowling (Game of Thrones), and Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Black Mirror.)

Below you can find out more information about the winners and nominees of the most recent Spotlight Prizes.

Spotlight Showcase 2014

Samuel Valentine - Spotlight Showcase 2014

The 2014 Spotlight Prize was won by Samuel Valentine from RADA.

Click here to find out more about Samuel's winning performance.

Spotlight Showcase 2013

Grace and Mimi

The 2013 Spotlight Prize was won by Mimi Ndiweni from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Click here to find out more about Mimi, the judges' comments, the winning performance, and the 2013 nominees.

Spotlight Showcase 2012

Amanda Redman, Faye Marsay and Rosamund Pike

The 2012 Spotlight Prize was won by Faye Marsay from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Click here to find out more about Faye, the judges' comments, the winning performance, and the 2012 nominees.

Spotlight Showcase 2011

The Spotlight Prize 2011

The 2011 Spotlight Prize was won by Kurt Egyiawan from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Click here to find out more about Kurt, the judges' comments, the winning performance, and the 2011 nominees.

Spotlight Prize 2010

2010 Spotlight Prize winner Andrew Gower

The 2010 Spotlight Prize was won by Andrew Gower from Oxford School of Drama.

Click here to find out more about Andrew, the judges' comments, the winning performance, and the 2010 nominees.

Spotlight Prize 2009

Spotlight Prize 2009

The 2009 Spotlight Prize was won by Lauren O'Neil from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and John McKeever from East 15 Acting School.

Click here to find out more about Lauren and John, the judges' comments, the winning performance, and the 2010 nominees.