Break A Leg Awards 2017

*** Break A Leg Awards 2017 ***

The long-listing has begun for this year’s Break A Leg Awards. All the details of the prestigious awards are below, there are a few changes which we decided to put into action after so many wonderful visitors and followers got involved on social media getting behind their favourites who were short-listed last year.

We have dropped Critic’s Choice from the awards title, this is because the majority of our categories are going out to public vote following short-listing by the panel. That means that in all theatre and television categories, you get a vote (or as many as you like) and an opportunity to be part of the awards. We will be inviting recommendations in all categories. The panel will select the short-list from among the long-listed nominees.

The sub-categories within the Best Actor and Best Actress on Stage categories are as follows (we’ve added a new one!):

  • Dramatic Performance
  • Comedy Performance
  • Unforgettable Performance
  • Audience Favourite

* You’ll note we’ve dropped the Off-West End Actor and Actress categories in favour of all nominees for theatre based awards going head to head in the wider category of Best Actor and Actress On Stage. 


Helen McWilliams (Founder and Managing Editor of Break A Leg) ~ that’s me!

Hayley Makepeace (Break A Leg Awards Administrator/Assistant)

Jen Franklin (Break A Leg Awards Assistant)

Hayley and Jen are regular plus-ones of mine when I attend theatre press nights AND they’re television fans. They were both on last year’s panel and helped to make some fantastic decisions, I’m sure you’ll agree!

Chloe Buckles (Panel Member) – Chloe is a new addition to the team and will be assisting with the television awards short-listing. Thanks for joining the team, Chloe!


Patrons of the website; Jeffrey Holland, Judy Buxton, Lorraine Cheshire, Phyllis Logan, Carol Royle, Cath Shipton and Lucy Williamson are all going to take an active role in the awards this year. Watch this space.

New Awards:

Understudy of the Year ~ Credit where credit’s due, Understudies are the life blood of theatre productions and deserve recognition.

Best RSC Production ~ We regularly review at The RSC so they need their own category! We’ll invite suggestions for this category too.

Best Film ~ We are going to put this one to public vote once a short-list decision has been reached! We will also invite the public to have their say in the long-listing, stay tuned!

Best Soap Opera ~ all of the popular soaps will go head to head and the public will have the deciding vote.

Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Music ~ A new special panel-selected award.

Dates for your Diary:

28 October 2017 ~ Long-Listed nominees are being selected and contacted up until this date. This will mean we will pull together a ridiculously long long-list and the short-listing will be an interesting job. Glad I don’t have to do it……. oh, hang on!

29 October 2017 ~ Short-Listed nominees will be notified and the public vote will open.

2 December 2017 ~ Tune in and watch our online awards ceremony. It will be bigger, better and Santa is likely to make a special appearance if he is on top of his toy-making!

Long-List Nominations…

Best Television Comedy:


The Trip To Italy

Gap Year


Best Television Drama:

Call The Midwife



Holby City

Midsomer Murders


Best Soap Opera:



Home and Away

Coronation Street




Best Actor on Television:

Dominic Coleman (Trollied)

Jason Watkins (Trollied)

David Tennant (Broadchurch)

Ryan Moloney (Neighbours)

Stephen McGann (Call The Midwife)

Alan Fletcher (Neighbours)

Cliff Parisi (Call The Midwife)

Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders)

David Ames (Holby City)

Rob Brydon (The Trip To Italy)

Steve Coogan (The Trip To Italy)


Best Actress on Television:

Sarah Parish (Trollied)

Faye McKeever (Trollied)

Helen George (Call The Midwife)

Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch)

Olivia Colman (Broadchurch)

Bryony Hannah (Call The Midwife)

Catherine Russell (Holby City)

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley)

Laura Main (Call The Midwife)

Eve Morey (Neighbours)

Fiona Dolman (Midsomer Murders)

Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City)

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock)

Rebecca Johnson (The Trip To Italy)


Best Touring Stage Production:

Anita and Me

The Tommy Cooper Show

Blood Brothers

What The Butler Saw

Dong Ding Murder Me On High

The Crucible

Abigail’s Party

Mamma Mia!


Best RSC Production:

The Hypocrite

Best Off-West End Production:

The Wild Party (The Hope Theatre)

All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre)

Brimstone & Treacle (The Hope Theatre)


Best West End Production:

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf

42nd Street

The Girls


Best Actor on Stage:

Daniel Taylor (The Tommy Cooper Show)

Graham Martin (Blood Brothers)

Tim Churchill (Blood Brothers)

Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers)

Jack Holden (What The Butler Saw)

Rufus Hound (What The Butler Saw)

David Callister (Dong Ding Murder Me On High)

Eoin Slattery (The Crucible)

Christopher Howell (42nd Street)

Tom Lister (42nd Street)

Stuart Neal (42nd Street)

Ben Caplan (Abigail’s Party)

Ciaran Owens (Abigail’s Party)

Asif Khan (The Hypocrite)

Jordan Metcalfe (The Hypocrite)

Josh Benson (The Girls)

Ben Hunter (The Girls)

Colin Tierney (All Our Children)

David Yelland (All Our Children)

Fergus Leathem (Brimstone & Treacle)

Adrian Scarborough (Don Juan In Soho)

Best Actress on Stage:

Sharon Byatt (The Tommy Cooper Show)

Shobna Gulati (Anita and Me)

Rebekah Hinds (Anita and Me)

Alison Crawford (Blood Brothers)

Sarah Jane Buckley (Blood Brothers)

Imelda Staunton (Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf)

Polly Smith (Dong Ding Murder Me On High)

Victoria Yeates (The Crucible)

Clare Halse (42nd Street)

Jasna Ivir (42nd Street)

Amanda Abbington (Abigail’s Party)

Charlotte Mills (Abigail’s Party)

Rose Keegan (Abigail’s Party)

Caroline Quentin (The Hypocrite)

Danielle Bird (The Hypocrite)

Claire Machin (The Girls)

Sophie-Louise Dann (The Girls)

Debbie Chazen (The Girls)

Michele Dotrice (The Girls)

Claire Moore (The Girls)

Stephanie Beattie (Brimstone & Treacle)

Lucy Speed (All Our Children)


Understudy of the Year:

Jenny Gayner (The Girls)

Victoria Blackburn (The Girls)

Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music:

Special Recognition Award for Film of the Year:

Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television:

Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre: