Nominations announced: 6 June 2010

Nominee Rebecca Hall

Max Bennett: Claudio in Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal, Plymouth/ Thelma Holt) and Frank in Mrs Warren’s Profession(Theatre Royal, Bath)

Natalie Dew: Celia in As You Like It (Curve, Leicester)

Hedydd Dylan: Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (Clwyd)

Mariah Gale: Celia in As You Like It (RSC, Courtyard, Stratford)

Rebecca Hall: Hermione in The Winter’s Tale (Bridge Project at the Old Vic)

Tracy Ifeachor: Rosalind in As You Like It (Curve)

Max Irons: Max Piccolomini in Wallenstein (Minerva, Chichester)

Tunji Kasim: Lucius/Romulus in Julius Caesar (RSC)

Vanessa Kirby: Regina in Ghosts (Octagon, Bolton)

Keira Knightley: Jennifer in The Misanthrope (Comedy)

Jack Laskey: Orlando in As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Harry Lloyd: Oswald in Ghosts (Arcola)

John MacMillan: Malcolm in Macbeth (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Donmar at Wyndham’s)

Ruth Negga: Aricia in Phèdre (National)

David Ononokpono: Orlando in As You Like It (Curve)

Henry Pettigrew: Marcellus/Second Gravedigger in Hamlet (Donmar at Wyndham’s)

Prasanna Puwanarajah: Messenger in Thyestes (Arcola)

George Rainsford: Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well (National)

Sam Swainsbury: Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Salerio in The Merchant of Venice (Propeller)

Ellie Turner: Agnes in The School for Wives (Upstairs at the Gatehouse)