Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Awarded forBest Actress in a Supporting Role
Location United Kingdom
Presented byThe Society of London Theatre
Currently held byMonica Dolan for All About Eve (2019)

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress 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 Actress Play Character
Mona Washbourne Stevie Aunt
Constance Chapman Just Between Ourselves Marjorie
Anna Manahan The Plough and the Stars Bessie
Elizabeth Spriggs Volpone Lady Would-Be
Elizabeth Spriggs Love Letters on Blue Paper Sonia Marsden
Brenda Bruce The Lady's Not for Burning Alizon Eliot
Susan Fleetwood The Woman Ismene
Patricia Hayes Filumena Rosalia
Doreen Mantle Death of a Salesman Linda
Carmen du Sautoy Once in a Lifetime Miss Leighton
Alison Fiske For Services Rendered Evie
Patricia Routledge And a Nightingale Sang Peggy Stott


Year Actress Play Character
Suzanne Bertish The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers
Lynn Dearth The Greeks Electra
Prunella Scales Make and Break Mrs. Rogers
Susan Tracy Three Sisters Natalya Ivanova
Gwen Watford Present Laughter Monica Reed
Brenda Bruce Romeo and Juliet Nurse
Sinéad Cusack As You Like It Celia
Gwen Taylor Hamlet Gertrude
Anna Massey The Importance of Being Earnest Miss Prism
Nicola Blackman Destry Rides Again Clara
Sheila Hancock The Winter's Tale Paulina
Carole Hayman Top Girls Dull Gret
Abigail McKern As You Like It Celia
Kate Buffery Daisy Pulls It Off Clare Beaumont
Sylvia Coleridge Clay Em
Barbara Leigh-Hunt Pack of Lies Helen Kroger
Marcia Warren Stepping Out Vera
Clare Higgins A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Sophie MgCina Poppie Nongena Poppie's Mother
Zoë Wanamaker The Time of Your Life Kitty Duval


Year Actress Play Character
Sara Crowe Private Lives Sybil
Maria Miles The Wild Duck Hedvig
Anita Reeves Dancing at Lughnasa Maggie
Zoë Wanamaker The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
Frances de la Tour When She Danced Miss Belzer
Eileen Atkins The Night of the Iguana Hannah
Clare Higgins Napoli Milionaria Amalia Jovine
Lesley Sharp Uncle Vanya Sonya
Barbara Leigh-Hunt An Inspector Calls Sybil Birling
Annette Badland The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Sadie
Elizabeth Bradley Billy Liar Florence Boothroyd
Rosemary Harris Lost in Yonkers Grandma Kurnitz
Helen Burns The Last Yankee Karen Frick
Rosemary Leach Separate Tables Mrs Railton-Bell
Sandy McDade The Life of Stuff Janice
Sophie Thompson Wildest Dreams Marcie Banks
Dora Bryan The Birthday Party Meg
Samantha Bond Le Cid Infanta
Brid Brennan Rutherford and Son Janet
Kathryn Hunter Pericles, Prince of Tyre Master of Play
Deborah Findlay Stanley Hilda
Frances Barber Uncle Vanya Sonya
Anna Chancellor Stanley Patricia
Clare Holman Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey


Year Actress Play Character
Patricia Hodge Money Lady Franklin
Anne-Marie Duff Collected Stories Lisa
Estelle Kohler The Winter's Tale Paulina
Kika Markham A Song at Twilight Hilde
Pauline Flanagan Dolly West's Kitchen Rima West
Gillian Barge Passion Play Agnes
Catherine McCormack All My Sons Ann
Marcia Warren In Flame Annie / Gramma
Marcia Warren Humble Boy Mercy Lott
Brid Brennan The Little Foxes Birdie
Emma Fielding Private Lives Sibyl
Lyndsey Marshal Boston Marriage Catherine
2003–2009 see Best Performance in a Supporting Role


Year Actress Play Character
Ruth Wilson A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
Hayley Atwell A View from the Bridge Catherine Carbone
Michelle Dockery Burnt by the Sun Maroussia
Alexandra Gilbreath Twelfth Night Olivia
Keira Knightley The Misanthrope Jennifer / Célimène
Rachael Stirling The Priory Rebecca
Michelle Terry Tribes Sylvia
Sarah Goldberg Clybourne Park Betsy / Lindsey
Anastasia Hille The Master Builder Aline Solness
Gina McKee King Lear Goneril
Rachael Stirling An Ideal Husband Lady Chiltern
2012 see Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Nicola Walker The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Judy
Janie Dee NSFW Miranda
Anastasia Hille The Effect Dr. Lorna
Cush Jumbo Julius Caesar Mark Antony
Helen McCrory The Last of the Haussmans Libby
Sharon D. Clarke The Amen Corner Odessa
Sarah Greene The Cripple of Inishmaan Slippy Helen
Katherine Kingsley A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena
Cecilia Noble The Amen Corner Sister Moore
Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati
Jamie Adler, Zoe Brough, Perdita Hibbins and Isabella Pappas The Nether Iris
Phoebe Fox A View from the Bridge Catherine Carbone
Lydia Wilson King Charles III Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Judi Dench The Winter's Tale Paulina
Michele Dotrice Nell Gwynn Nancy
Melody Grove Farinelli and the King Isabella Farnese
Catherine Steadman Oppenheimer Jean Tatlock
Noma Dumezweni Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Hermione Granger
Melissa Allan, Caroline Deyga, Kirsty Findlay, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann, Joanne McGuinness and Dawn Sievewright Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Various Characters
Clare Foster Travesties Cecily Carruthers
Kate O'Flynn The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield
Denise Gough Angels in America Harper Pitt
Bríd Brennan The Ferryman Aunt Maggie Far Away
Dearbhla Molloy The Ferryman Aunt Pat
Imogen Poots Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Monica Dolan All About Eve Karen Richards
Susan Brown Home, I'm Darling Sylvia
Cecilia Noble Nine Night Aunt Maggie
Vanessa Redgrave The Inheritance Margaret

See also[edit]


  • London Theatre Guide (2008). "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (.PDF). 1976-2008. The Society of London Theatre: 20. Retrieved 2008-08-30. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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