This year's judging panel is made up of actors Sylvia Syms (Case Histories, Ice Cold In Alex, The Queen), Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Silent Witness, Oliver!), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Prime Suspect, Brassed Off), Joanna Page (Women in Love, An Ideal Husband, The Priory), Janet Suzman (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Nicholas and Alexandra, Voyage of the Damned) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, An Ideal Husband, The Priory).
The panel also includes industry professionals Neil Rutherford, head of casting for ATG; Amy Ball, head of casting at the Royal Court; Julia Crampsie, casting executive for BBC Drama; and Nigel Seale, head of Spotlight.
This year's graduates will compete for the titles of Best Actor and Highly Commended Actor and prize money of £2000 and £1500 respectively.
Previous winners of the annual Showcase have included Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Robert Lindsay, Jim Broadbent and Zoe Wanamaker with last year’s winner, Andrew Gower, having already appeared as a series regular in ITV’s Monroe. He also appeared in the BBC’s production of Frankenstein’s Wedding earlier this year.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out who of the 22 "faces to watch" are the winners and for photos from tonight's event.
The 22 graduating students included in this year's Spotlight Showcase are:
|Mitchell Hunt||Arts Ed|
|Edward Birch||Bristol Old Vic|
|James Mountain||Birmingham School of Acting|
|Alexandra Harman||Cygnet Training Theatre|
|Lily Carrie||Queen Margaret University|
|Damien Molony||Drama Centre London|
|Eddie Arnold||Drama Studio London|
|Andrew Leung||East 15|
|Lucy Hope Borne||GSA|
|Itoya Osagiede||Italia Conti|
|Louisa Lorey||Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre|
|Cassandra Bond||Oxford School of Drama|
|Kirsty Oswald||Rose Bruford|