Spotlight Showcase 2013

Last year's Spotlight Prize Best Actor award was won by Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's Mimi Ndiweni. A panel of industry experts voted the young actor into an illustrious list of winners that include Dame Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Jim Broadbent, Zoë Wanamaker and Robert Lindsay.

Mimi was one of 21 students from the leading UK drama schools who performed at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in July 2013. She scooped the Prize with her performance of How to Get Guys to Leave You Alone by Jenna Marbles, and you can watch the highlights here

Left - right: Grace Chilton and Mimi Ndiweni

Grace Chilton from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland took the Highly Commended prize, winning £1,500 after her performance of Outlying Islands by David Greig.

Each of the 21 young performers had just three minutes to perform in front of a VIP panel of judges and an audience of specially-invited agents, casting directors, producers, directors and actors.

The judging panel consisted of actors Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Grandma's House), Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Job Lot), Ophelia Lovibond (Titanic: Blood and Steel, Mr Sloane), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, The Chronicles of Narnia), Kenneth Cranham (Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake) and casting directors Alastair Coomer (Head of Casting at the Donmar Warehouse), Debbie McWilliams (casting director for the last 12 Bond films) and Gary Davy (Strike Back, Death Comes to Pemberley).

What the judges thought:

Rebecca Front

"I thought Mimi and Grace were terrific. Mimi blew me away slightly, from the moment she came on she just looked like she'd been doing this for years. I was really impressed. And Grace had a really interesting quality about her."

Sarah Hadland

"I've been so impressed by the standard. It's pretty gruelling to come out and perform in front of an audience who are all in the industry. Grace and Mimi both really stood out."

Gary Davy

"There's nobody that looks like them. They are unique in their own way. They're both really good actresses and I know they'll be around for a long time."

Debbie McWilliams

"Mimi and Grace are the ones I would remember the next day, with the power of their performances."

Ophelia Lovibond

"There was something quite enchanting about their performances. Something that makes you want more."


Click here for a list of all of the 2013 Spotlight Prize Nominees