Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Awarded for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Bertie Carvel for Ink (2018)
Website Olivier

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor 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]


Year Actor Play Character
Nigel Hawthorne Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack
Michael Pennington Romeo and Juliet Mercutio
Paul Rogers The Madras House Henry Huxtable
Patrick Ryecart Candida Eugene Marchbanks
Robert Eddison Twelfth Night Andrew Aguecheek / Feste
Michael Bryant The Double Dealer Sir Paul Plyant
Julian Glover Coriolanus Aufidius
Robert Stephens Brand Mayor
Patrick Stewart Antony and Cleopatra Mark Antony
Michael Bryant Undiscovered Country Dr. von Aigner
Stephen Greif Death of a Salesman Biff
David Suchet Once in a Lifetime Herman Glogauer


Year Actor Play Character
David Threlfall Nicholas Nickleby Angry Gentleman / Smike
Simon Callow Amadeus Schikaneder
Edward Petherbridge Nicholas Nickleby Newman Noggs
John Rogan Juno and the Paycock Joxer Daly
Joe Melia Good Maurice
Tony Church Hamlet Polonius
Norman Rodway Shadow of a Gunman Seuman Shields
Tom Wilkinson Hamlet Horatio
David Healy Guys and Dolls Nicely Nicely Johnson
Geoffrey Hutchings A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom
Stephen Moore All's Well That Ends Well Parolles
Paul Rogers The Importance of Being Earnest Rev. Canon Chasuble
Alan Devlin A Moon for the Misbegotten Phil Hogan
Ian McDiarmid Tales from Hollywood Bertolt Brecht
Mark Rylance Arden of Faversham Michael
Antony Sher King Lear Fool
Edward Petherbridge Strange Interlude Charles Marsden
Ramolao Makhene "Master Harold"...and the Boys Sam
Richard O'Callaghan Twelfth Night Feste
Timothy Spall Saint Joan Charles, the Dauphin


Year Actor Play Character
David Bradley King Lear The Fool
Ben Daniels Never the Sinner Richard Loeb
Mick Ford Singer Stefan
Jonathan Kent The Rehearsal Unknown
Oleg Menshikov When She Danced Sergei Yesenin
Simon Russell Beale Troilus and Cressida Thersites
Henry Goodman Angels in America Roy Cohn / Prior 2
Ken Stott The Recruiting Officer Sergeant Kite
Julian Glover Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 Henry IV of England
Robin Bailey Trelawny of the Wells Sir William Gower
David Bradley Henry IV, Part 2 Justice Shallow
Martin Shaw An Ideal Husband Lord Goring
Joseph Mydell Angels in America: Perestroika Belize
Richard McCabe The Winter's Tale Autolycus
Rufus Sewell Arcadia Septimus Hodge
Ken Stott Broken Glass Dr. Harry Hyman
Simon Russell Beale The Tempest Ariel
Simon Coates As You Like It Celia
Trevor Peacock The Birthday Party Petey
Trevor Eve Uncle Vanya Astrov
Stephen Boxer The Herbal Bed Barnabus Goche
Tony Haygarth Twelve Angry Men Juror 3
Owen Teale A Doll's House Torvald Helmer


Year Actor Play Character
Roger Allam Money Henry Graves
Michael Bryant Summerfolk Semyon Dvoetochie
Ron Cook Juno and the Paycock Joxer Daly
Michael Williams The Forest Arkadiy Schastlivtsev
Ben Daniels All My Sons Chris Keller
Chiwetel Ejiofor Blue/Orange Christopher
Douglas Hodge The Caretaker Aston
Jason Watkins A Servant to Two Masters Truffaldino
Toby Jones The Play What I Wrote Arthur
Desmond Barrit Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 Sir John Falstaff
Ned Beatty Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy
Adam Godley Mouth to Mouth Gompertz
Malcolm Sinclair Privates on Parade Major Giles Flack


Year Actor Play Character
Eddie Redmayne Red Ken
Mackenzie Crook Jerusalem Ginger
Rory Kinnear Burnt by the Sun Mitya
Tim Pigott-Smith ENRON Ken Lay
Adrian Scarborough After the Dance John Reid
James Laurenson Hamlet Ghost / The Player King
Hilton McRae End of the Rainbow Anthony
Lee Ross Birdsong Jack Firebrace
Richard McCabe The Audience Harold Wilson
Paul Chahidi Twelfth Night Maria
Adrian Scarborough Hedda Gabler Jurgen Tesman
Kyle Soller Long Day's Journey into Night Edmund
Jack Lowden Ghosts Oswald
Ron Cook Henry V Pistol
Mark Gatiss Coriolanus Menenius
Ardal O'Hanlon The Weir Jim
Nathaniel Parker Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies Henry VIII of England
David Calder The Nether Doyle
Richard Goulding King Charles III Prince Harry
John Light Taken at Midnight Dr Conrad
Mark Gatiss Three Days in the Country Shpigelsky
Michael Pennington The Winter's Tale Antigonus
Tom Sturridge American Buffalo Bobby
David Suchet The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell
Anthony Boyle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Scorpius Malfoy
Freddie Fox Travesties Tristan Tzara
Brian J. Smith The Glass Menagerie Jim O'Connor
Rafe Spall Hedda Gabler Judge Brack
Bertie Carvel Ink Rupert Murdoch
John Hodgkinson The Ferryman Tom Kettle
James McArdle Angels in America Louis Ironson
Peter Polycarpou Oslo Ahmed Qurei

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