Nimshi Kongolo in suit with red tie in The Laramie Project

BOVTS graduate Nimshi Kongolo named Spotlight Winner 2020

Published on:
2nd April 2020

The School is delighted to announce that Nimshi Kongolo, a recent graduate of the Professional Acting degree, has been named Best Screen Actor for this year’s prestigious Spotlight Prize and will receive a £2000 award.

Nimshi was one of 20 students nominated from the UK’s leading drama schools, who all competed for this year’s prize. He joins previous Spotlight Prize winners like Jodie Whittaker, Jim Broadbent and Judi Dench. Recent winners have gone on to star in celebrated TV and Film projects like Doctor Who, Outlander, Black Mirror and Game of Thrones. They’ve also performed at The Globe, Donmar Warehouse, and the National Theatre, and have been cast members of the RSC and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

Nimshi commented, “Absolute madness, I don’t really know what to say. This feels like a mad privilege. Big thank you to everyone at Spotlight for their votes of confidence. Big love to all those down my end who’ve helped me get here!”

The 2020 Judging Panel included: Nina Gold (The Crown), Shaheen Baig (Peaky Blinders), Debbie McWilliams (No Time to Die), Daniel Edwards (Co-Cast Line of Duty), Laura Windows (Carnival Row), Louise Kiely (Normal People), Natalie Cheron (DNA), Rowland Beckley (Casualty), Rich Mento (Warm Bodies, Co-President Casting Society of America) and Rachelle Williams-Parker (Doctors).

Nimshi Kongolo is represented by Conway van Gelder Grant.

Congratulations Nimshi!

BA Acting Graduate Nimshi Kongolo

Main image: Nimshi in spring grad show The Laramie Project at Bristol Old Vic. Photo by Mark Dawson.

Headshot by Jon Holloway

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design