Clarence Derwent Award

Peter was presented with the Clarence Derwent award in this years ceremony for his portrayal of Ahmed Qurie in Oslo. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, again for Ahmed Qurie. He has had four nominations this year alone for his work both in Olso and Working.

Oslo Company: NT Lyttleton Theatre. Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
PP as Ahmed Qurie and Nabil Elouahabi as Hassan Asfour
PP as Ahmed Qurie and Nabil Elouahabi as Hassan Asfour

Clarence Derwent was a London-born actor who became president of American Actors’ Equity from 1946-52. He established awards on both sides of the Atlantic for actors in supporting roles. The UK awards have been running since 1948 for the best supporting actor and actress during the 12 month period.

The awards are administered by Equity the Actors Union and are highly valued by recipients not least because they represent recognition by actors’ peers.

Photo Mark Thomas
The Clarence Derwent Award winners with Christine Payne , centre. From Right to left JonJo O’Neill, Sheila Atim, Christine and Kate O’Flynn. Photo by Mark Thomas

The judges were Richard Digby Day, Thelma Holt, Kate Bassett, Matt Trueman Susannah Clapp and Equity President Malcolm Sinclair and  Jonathan Munby.

Equity announced the awards on its web site which can be viewed here. The Stage newspaper also announced the awards and the article is on their web site here. Eve Polycarpou, Peter’s sister also attended the awards and both are pictured below.

Eve Polycarpou with PP at the Clarence Derwent Awards. Photo by Mark Thomas
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