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Holly Earl nominated for Ian Charleson Award for The Father

Posted on 17 May 2013

Up and coming actress Holly Earl has been nominated for a prestigious Ian Charleson Award for her performance in our production of The Father.

Established in 1991 by the Sunday Times and the National Theatre, the Ian Charleson Awards recognise the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30.

Holly Earl has been nominated for her portrayal of Bertha in The Father, which ran on our Main Stage in April 2012. She appeared in the play alongside Birmingham born actor Joe Dixon, who won the first ever Ian Charleson Award in 1991 for his role in Cheek by Jowl’s production of As You Like It and Coventry based actress Katy Stephens, who is currently appearing in Titus Andronicus at the RSC.

Prior to appearing in The Father Holly Earl has worked in television, playing Lily Arwell alongside current Time Lord Matt Smith in Doctor Who, and the role of Poppy Champion in Channel 4 drama Skins. She’s currently working on a feature film called The Dark Prince, alongside John Voight

Holly Earl said, “I’m delighted to be nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. The Father was my stage debut and I am blessed to start my theatre career with such a stunning play and at a wonderful theatre like the Belgrade.”

Joe Harmston, director of The Father and the Belgrade Theatre’s Creative Associate said, “I’m so delighted that Holly should be nominated for this prestigious award for her first stage role in my production of The Father. She is a naturally gifted young actor and this recognition is entirely appropriate. It is the second award nomination for the production. Fingers crossed.”

The winner of the Ian Charleson Award will be decided by a jury comprising award winning theatre director Michael Grandage, acclaimed actress Geraldine James, Sunday Times theatre critic John Peter and Wendy Spon, head of casting for the National Theatre. The results will be announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre on Fri 24 May.

Some of the other actors nominated for the award include Kurt Egyiawan, who played Arsace in Berenice at the Donmar Warehouse, Simon Manyonda, who played Lucius in Julius Caesar at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Luke Norris, who played The Soldier in Antigone at the National Theatre, Vanessa Kirby, who played Masha in Three Sisters at the Young Vic and Lara Rossi who played Dol Common in The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse.

Previous winners/nominees include Jude Law, Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Adrian Lester, Iain Glen, Michael Sheen and Benedict Cumberbatch.

This is the second award nomination for The Father after Joe Harmston was nominated for Best Director at this year’s Theatre Management Awards.

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