Friday, 14 August 2015

Understudy of the Year 2015: Full result

Jacqueline Hughes has won West End Frame's 2015 Understudy of the Year Award for standing by as Elphaba in the UK and Ireland touring production of WickedZoë Birkett finishes second for alternating the role of Rachel Marron in the UK touring production of The Bodyguard

Marking the first time performers from UK touring productions have been eligible, this year's Understudy of the Year has been one of the tightest West End Frame Awards ever - just 2% separated the top two! Check out the full result below:

Jacqueline Hughes
Standby Elphaba in Wicked UK tour
26% of the final vote

Speaking to West End Frame, Hughes said: "I am so completely overwhelmed to have won the 2015 Understudy of the Year Award! I feel so honoured to have been on that list in the first place, especially alongside such incredible talent. 

"The support I've had is beyond words and I want thank you all from the bottom of my heart for voting! The past year has been a dream come true and I am so lucky and proud to have had the opportunity to stand by for the iconic green girl, Elphaba. This really is the icing on the cake to my four and a half year Wicked journey!"

Zoë Birkett 
Alternate Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard UK tour
24% of the final vote

3rd Place
Ryan O'Donnell 
Understudy Ray Davies in
Sunny Afternoon

4th Place
Adam Bayjou
Understudy Jean Valjean in
Les Miserables
5th Place
Joanna Woodward
Understudy Carole King in
6th Place
Alex Tomkins
Alternate Deco in
The Commitments

7th Place
Natalie Andreou
Standby Elphaba in
8th Place
Rachel John
Alternate Felicia in
Memphis The Musical
9th Place
Emmi Christensson
Alternate Christine Daaé in
The Phantom of the Opera

10th Place
Sophie Linder-Lee
Standby Glinda in
11th Place
Jamie Golding
standby Timon, Zazu & Pumbaa in The Lion King
12th Place
Sandy Moffat
Alternate Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys
13th Place
Sejal Keshwala
Understudy Pinky in
Bend It Like Beckham
14th Place
Jon Robyns
Alternate Huey in 
Memphis The Musical

15th - 28th Place
in alphabetical order

Charlotte Scott (understudy Miss Honey/Matilda), Christian Rey Marbella (alternate Engineer/Miss Saigon), Claire Parrish (understudy Ellen/Miss Saigon), Dylan Turner (understudy Gerry Goffin/Beautiful), Emma Thornett (understudy Rose Narracott/War Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (understudy Nabalungi/The Book of Mormon), Henry Davis (understudy Tommy Devito/Jersey Boys UK Tour), Kaffe Keating (alternate Christopher Boone/Curious Incident), Mike Evans (understudy Richard Hannay/The 39 Steps), Nick Sayce (understudy Mick, Collins, Wace & Ray/Sunny Afternoon), Oliver Savile (understudy Raoul/Phantom of the Opera), Ross Hunter (understudy Elder Price/The Book of Mormon), Shona White (alternate Donna/Mamma Mia!) and Wendy Somerville (alternate Mrs Wilkinson/Billy Elliot The Musical).

West End Frame's Editor, Andrew Tomlins, said: "Huge congratulations to Jacqueline for winning this year's Understudy of the Year Award! The past few weeks have been absolutely crazy - the support for Jacqueline, Zoë and all our nominees has been mind blowing. Massive thank you to everyone who took time to vote and spread the word about this year's award!

"Not only would all twenty-eight nominees be worthy winners, but all the understudies, alternates, standbys and swings working in theatreland do an incredible job and deserve great recognition for the tremendously challenging job that they do. Understudy of the Year is about celebrating all understudies/alternates/standbys in the industry. Thank you once again for all your support!"

Unlike other theatre awards, West End Frame only opens voting for one category at a time and combines male and female actors from new and long-running productions into the same categories (where applicable). The 2015 West End Frame Awards began in March with Sunny Afternoon being named Most Inspiring West End Show and in May John Dagleish won Best Performance of a Song for his rendition of ‘Waterloo Sunset’ in Sunny Afternoon.

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