Friday, 18 July 2014

Understudy of the Year 2014: Full Result

Earlier today we announced that Carolyn Maitland has won West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award 2014 for understudying Ellen in Cameron Mackintosh's West End revival of Miss Saigon. Eighteen understudies, standbys and alternates were nominated, take a look at the full result below:

Carolyn said: "I am extremely proud to have won Understudy of the Year 2014, especially alongside so many strong and incredible understudies, alternates and standbys. It's such a pleasure and an honour to cover Ellen in such an iconic musical. Gaining acknowledgement for this means so much to me. Thank you to all who voted and to everyone supporting all the understudies throughout the theatre world!"

Andrew Tomlins (Editor of West End Frame) said: "The response to Understudy of the Year 2014 has been overwhelming. It has been incredible to see so much support for some of theatre's most talented yet unrecognised stars. Several of the nominees have been in touch and told me they have been working in the industry for over twenty years but, prior to Understudy of the Year, have never been nominated for anything. Thank you to everybody who voted and supported."

Understudy of the Year runs as part of the 2014 West End Frame Awards. Unlike other theatre awards, West End Frame only opens voting for one category at a time and combines male and female actors from musicals and plays into the same categories (where applicable).

** WINNER **
Carolyn Maitland
Understudy Ellen
Miss Saigon
27% of the final vote

2nd Place
Tanya Manalang
Alternate Kim
Miss Saigon
15% of the final vote

3rd Place
Layla Harrison
Understudy Meg
The Phantom of the Opera
9% of the final vote

4th Place
Gillian Elisa
Alternate Grandma
Billy Elliot
7% of the final vote

5th Place
Jade Davies
Understudy Cosette
Les Miserables
7% of the final vote

6th Place
Marc McBride
Understudy Boq
Wicked

7th Place
Emma Hatton
Standby Elphaba
Wicked

8th Place
Ian McIntosh
Alternate Deco
The Commitments

9th Place
Melanie Bright
Understudy Fantine
Les Miserables

10th Place
David O'Reilly
Standby Elder Cunningham
The Book of Mormon

11th - 18th Place
in alphabetical order
Adam Lilley 
Understudy Richard Hannay / The 39 Steps 
Alice Fearn 
Understudy Christine Colgate & Muriel Eubanks / Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 
Dan Burton 
Understudy Sid Sorokin / The Pajama Game 

Dawn Buckland 
Understudy Rosie / Mamma Mia 
Joelle Moses 
Alternate Rachel Marron / The Bodyguard 

Lara Denning 
Understudy Miss Honey / Matilda 
Mark Isherwood 
Understudy Nick Massi / Jersey Boys 
Paul Kendrick 
Understudy / Ghost Stories 

Voting for the next 2014 West End Frame Award will open in August. Further information will be announced shortly.

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