Nominations announced: 5 May 2013. Awards announced: 24 May 2013.

Jade Anouka (Calpurnia/Metellus Cimber/Pindarus in Julius Caesar, Donmar Warehouse)

Alys Daroy (Yelena in The Wood Demon, Theatre Collection)

Holly Earl (Bertha in The Father, Belgrade, Coventry)

Kurt Egyiawan (Arsace in Berenice, Donmar Warehouse)

Paapa Essiedu (Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company)

Johnny Flynn (Viola in Twelfth Night, Globe/West End)

Aysha Kala (Maid in Much Ado About Nothing, RSC)

Vanessa Kirby (Masha in Three Sisters, Young Vic)

Simon Manyonda (Lucius in Julius Caesar, RSC)

Amy Morgan (Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife, Royal Exchange, Manchester)

Luke Norris (The Soldier in Antigone, National Theatre)

Lara Rossi (Dol Common in The Alchemist, Liverpool Playhouse)

Ailish Symons (Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Lyric Theatre, Belfast)

Ellie Turner (Fanny Hawthorn in Hindle Wakes, Finborough)

Ashley Zhangazha (Ross in Macbeth, Crucible, Sheffield)