Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Awarded for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Sharon D. Clarke for The Amen Corner (2014)
Official website Olivier Awards.com

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

The award was first given in 1977 but in the years following was often given as a singular award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1977
Mona Washbourne Stevie Aunt
Constance Chapman Just Between Ourselves Marjorie
Anna Manahan The Plough and the Stars Bessie
Elizabeth Spriggs Volpone Lady Would-Be
1978
Elizabeth Spriggs Love Letters on Blue Paper Sonia Marsden
Brenda Bruce The Lady's Not for Burning Alizon Eliot
Susan Fleetwood The Woman Ismene
Patricia Hayes Filumena Rosalia
1979
Doreen Mantle Death of a Salesman Linda
Carmen du Sautoy Once in a Lifetime Miss Leighton
Alison Fiske For Services Rendered Evie
Patricia Routledge And a Nightingale Sang Peggy Stott

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1980
Suzanne Bertish The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers
Lynn Dearth The Greeks Electra
Prunella Scales Make and Break Mrs. Rogers
Susan Tracy Three Sisters Natalya Ivanova
1981
Gwen Watford Present Laughter Monica Reed
Brenda Bruce Romeo and Juliet Nurse
Sinéad Cusack As You Like It Celia
Gwen Taylor Hamlet Gertrude
1982
Anna Massey The Importance of Being Earnest Miss Prism
Nicola Blackman Destry Rides Again Clara
Sheila Hancock The Winter's Tale Paulina
Carole Hayman Top Girls Dull Gret
1983
Abigail McKern As You Like It Celia
Kate Buffery Daisy Pulls It Off Clare Beaumont
Sylvia Coleridge Clay Em
Barbara Leigh-Hunt Pack of Lies Helen Kroger
1984
Marcia Warren Stepping Out Vera
Clare Higgins A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Sophie MgCina Poppie Nongena Poppie's Mother
Zoë Wanamaker The Time of Your Life Kitty Duval

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1991
Sara Crowe Private Lives Sybil
Maria Miles The Wild Duck Hedvig
Anita Reeves Dancing at Lughnasa Maggie
Zoë Wanamaker The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
1992
Frances de la Tour When She Danced Miss Belzer
Eileen Atkins The Night of the Iguana Hannah
Clare Higgins Napoli Milionaria Amalia Jovine
Lesley Sharp Uncle Vanya Sonya
1993
Barbara Leigh-Hunt An Inspector Calls Sybil Birling
Annette Badland The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Sadie
Elizabeth Bradley Billy Liar Florence Boothroyd
Rosemary Harris Lost in Yonkers Grandma Kurnitz
1994
Helen Burns The Last Yankee Karen Frick
Rosemary Leach Separate Tables Mrs Railton-Bell
Sandy McDade The Life of Stuff Janice
Sophie Thompson Wildest Dreams Marcie Banks
1995
Dora Bryan The Birthday Party Meg
Samantha Bond Le Cid Infanta
Brid Brennan Rutherford and Son Janet
Kathryn Hunter Pericles, Prince of Tyre Master of Play
1997
Deborah Findlay Stanley Hilda
Frances Barber Uncle Vanya Sonya
Anna Chancellor Stanley Patricia
Clare Holman Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
2000
Patricia Hodge Money Lady Franklin
Anne-Marie Duff Collected Stories Lisa
Estelle Kohler The Winter's Tale Paulina
Kika Markham A Song at Twilight Hilde
2001
Pauline Flanagan Dolly West's Kitchen Rima West
Gillian Barge Passion Play Agnes
Catherine McCormack All My Sons Ann
Marcia Warren In Flame Annie / Gramma
2002
Marcia Warren Humble Boy Mercy Lott
Brid Brennan The Little Foxes Birdie
Emma Fielding Private Lives Sibyl
Lyndsey Marshal Boston Marriage Catherine

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
2010
Ruth Wilson A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Hayley Atwell A View from the Bridge Catherine
Michelle Dockery Burnt by the Sun Maroussia
Alexandra Gilbreath Twelfth Night Olivia
Keira Knightley The Misanthrope Jennifer / Célimène
Rachael Stirling The Priory Rebecca
2011
Michelle Terry Tribes Sylvia
Sarah Goldberg Clybourne Park Betsy / Lindsey
Anastasia Hille The Master Builder Aline Solness
Gina McKee King Lear Goneril
Rachael Stirling An Ideal Husband Lady Chiltern
2013
Nicola Walker The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Judy
Janie Dee NSFW Miranda
Anastasia Hille The Effect Dr. Lorna
Cush Jumbo Julius Caesar Mark Antony
Helen McCrory The Last of the Haussmans Libby
2014
Sharon D. Clarke The Amen Corner Odessa
Sarah Greene The Cripple of Inishmaan Slippy Helen
Katherine Kingsley A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena
Cecilia Noble The Amen Corner Sister Moore

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