2010 Best Actor – Rory Kinnear – Measure for Measure (Almeida)/Hamlet (National’s Olivier)
2009 Best Actor – Mark Rylance – Jerusalem, Royal Court Theatre
2008 Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor – in Othello (Donmar Warehouse)
2007 Best Actor – Patrick Stewart – Macbeth (Chichester Festival, then Gielgud)
2006 Best Actor – Rufus Sewell – for his performance in Rock ‘n’ Roll
2005 Best Actor – Simon Russell Beale – The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse)
2004 Best Actor – Richard Griffiths – The History Boys
2003 Best Actor – Michael Sheen – for Caligula
2002 Best Actor – SIMON RUSSELL BEALE – for Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night
2001 Best Actor – ALEX JENNINGS – for The Winters Tale and The Relapse
2000 Best Performance by an Actor – SIMON RUSSELL BEALE – for his performance in Hamlet
1999 Best Performance by an Actor – STEPHEN DILLANE – The Real Thing
1998 Best Performance by an Actor – KEVIN SPACEY
1997 Best Performance by an Actor – IAN HOLM
1996 Best Performance by an Actor – PAUL SCOFIELD
1995 Best Performance by an Actor – MICHAEL GAMBON
1994 Best Performance by an Actor – TOM COURTENAY
1993 Best Performance by an Actor – IAN HOLM
1992 Best Performance by an Actor – NIGEL HAWTHORNE
1991 Best Performance by an Actor – JOHN WOOD
1990 Best Performance by an Actor – RICHARD HARRIS
1989 Best Performance by an Actor – IAN McKELLEN
1988 Best Performance by an Actor – ERIC PORTER
1987 Best Performance by an Actor – MICHAEL GAMBON
1986 Best Performance by an Actor – ALBERT FINNEY
1985 Best Performance by an Actor – ANTONY SHER
1984 Best Performance by an Actor – IAN McKELLEN
1983 Best Performance by an Actor – DEREK JACOBI
1982 Best Performance by an Actor – ALEC McCOWEN
1981 Best Performance by an Actor – ALAN HOWARD
1980 Best Performance by an Actor – TOM COURTENAY
1979 Best Performance by an Actor – WARREN MITCHELL
1978 Best Performance by an Actor – ALAN HOWARD
1977 Best Performance by an Actor – DONALD SINDEN
1976 Best Performance by an Actor – ALBERT FINNEY
1975 Best Performance by an Actor – Sir JOHN GIELGUD
1974 Best Performance by an Actor – JOHN WOOD
1973 Best Performance by an Actor – ALEC McCOWEN
1972 Best Performance by an Actor – LORD OLIVIER
1971 Best Performance by an Actor – ALAN BATES
1970 Best Performance by an Actor (Joint Award) – Sir JOHN GIELGUD
1970 Best Performance by an Actor (Joint Award) – Sir RALPH RICHARDSON
1969 Best Performance by an Actor – NICOL WILLIAMSON
1968 Best Performance by an Actor – ALEC McCOWEN
1967 Best Performance by an Actor – Sir LAURENCE OLIVIER
1966 Best Performance by an Actor – ALBERT FINNEY
1965 Best Performance by an Actor – IAN HOLM
1964 Best Performance by an Actor – NICOL WILLIAMSON
1963 Best Performance by an Actor – Sir MICHAEL REDGRAVE
1962 Best Performance by an Actor – PAUL SCOFIELD
1961 Best Performance by an Actor – CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
1960 Best Performance by an Actor (Joint Award) – Sir ALEC GUINNESS
1960 Best Performance by an Actor (Joint Award) – REX HARRISON
1959 Best Performance by an Actor – ERIC PORTER
1958 Best Performance by an Actor – Sir MICHAEL REDGRAVE
1957 Best Performance by an Actor – Sir LAURENCE OLIVIER
1956 Best Performance by an Actor – PAUL SCOFIELD
1955 Best Performance by an Actor – RICHARD BURTON