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The Clarence Derwent Awards are theatre awards given annually by the Actors' Equity Association on Broadway in the United States and by Equity, the performers' union, in the West End in the United Kingdom.

Clarence Derwent (23 March 1884 – 6 August 1959) was an English actor, director and manager. He was educated at St Paul's School, London and the Birkbeck Institute. He joined Sir Frank Benson's stage company, with whom he stayed for five years. He then joined Annie Horniman's repertory company in Manchester. He was seen in a great variety of roles, both in London and New York. He made his last appearance on stage in 1948 in The Madwoman of Chaillot. He died in New York at the age of 75.[1]

From 1946 to 1952 Derwent was President of America's Actors' Equity. His will stipulated that two $500 prizes were to be given out annually to the best individual male and female supporting performances on Broadway and a £100 prize to the best supporting performances in the West End. So that Derwent could have the gratification of seeing the awards given out, they were started in America in 1945 and in the UK in 1948.[2] The prizes in the US are now $2,000 and an engraved crystal trophy.[3]

Past winners, USEdit

Most promising maleEdit

and : Logan Ramsey – as Willie Pentridge in High Ground.
and : Tom Ahearne – as Mayor in Hogan's Goat (special citation).
and : Philip Bosco – as Lincoln Center Rep in The Alchemist (special citation).
and : James McDaniel – as Paul Poitier in Six Degrees of Separation.

Most promising femaleEdit

Past winners, UKEdit

Best male in a supporting roleEdit

Best female in a supporting roleEdit


  1. ^ "Mr Clarence Derwent", The Times, 7 August 1959, p. 14
  2. ^ " 'Young Actors Rush In': The Legacy Of Clarence Derwent" Archived May 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine,, accessed May 13, 2009
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew."Tveit and Bernstine Win Equity's Clarence Derwent Awards" Archived May 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,, May 12, 2009
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Nina Arianda and Bill Heck Are 2010 Clarence Derwent Award Winners" Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, May 6, 2010

External linksEdit

  • "The Clarence Derwent Award 2010". Actors' Equity Association. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • Clarence Derwent Award winners 1948-2008, United Kingdom[dead link]