Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
See Olivier Awards for more information about the awards and a full list of categories and winners.
The Laurence Olivier Awards are a series of awards presented annually by The Society of London Theatre. They are presented in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre, most notably plays and musicals in the West End of London, an area commonly referred to as "Theatreland". The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976 and, in 1984 they we renamed in honour of the renowned British actor Laurence Olivier. The Olivier Awards are the most prestigious theatrical awards in the United Kingdom and are the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards.
The award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was given from 1977–1984, 1991–1995, 1997, 2000–2002, 2010-2011 and 2013.
In 2012, the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress merged to become the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. The Best Performance in a Supporting Role category was first introduced from 1985-1989/90 again in 1996 and 1998–1999 and 2003-2009.
1978 Elizabeth Spriggs for Love Letters on Blue Paper