The Actors Centre

Alan Bates Award

In Association with The Stage

Applications for the Alan Bates Award 2017 are CLOSED



Sir Alan Bates was the Patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 until his death in 2004. He cared passionately about the craft of acting and about the cause of young actors entering the profession. The Alan Bates Award was endowed to commemorate his inspirational work on behalf of the Actors Centre and will be awarded annually to an actor of exceptional talent.

The Alan Bates Award comprises of a generous prize bundle designed to equip the winning graduate with everything they will need to launch themselves as a professional working actor. Along with the Actors Centre’s vast range of professional development workshops and courses the winner will receive headshots, showreel and voice-reel, a professionally built website, subscriptions with the biggest industry organisations in in the land, styling, mentorship and many more industry essentials. As an Actors Centre member, they will also be joining a community of professional actors with whom they can network and collaborate.

This year the Actors Centre launches its brand new 4-stage application and audition process culminating in an audition and interview in the final round in front of a panel of judges who are industry practitioners in their own right. Previous judges have included Richard E. Grant, Lesley Sharp, Lindsay Duncan, Henry Goodman, Richard Wilson, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Frances Barber, Neil LaBute and Janet Suzman.

We also have some new collaborators this year. Casting Networks International have come on board to support the Alan Bates Award digitally, and the Alan Bates Award will now form part of The Stage Debut Awards and The Stage Supports. It’s a great year to apply!







The Alan Bates Award 2017 is open to all acting students graduating in 2017 from Acting Courses on the Actors Centre approved course listclick here for list.

The Award prize bundle is worth over £5000** and includes:

**No cash alternative is offered for any prizes.

*Only open to applicants on courses from the Actors Centre Approved Course List. Courses NOT on the approved list are not eligible. The Actors Centre reserves the right at all times to ask for further verification or refuse entry should occasion arise.

NOTE: You must be eligible to live and work in the UK for at least a year after graduation to take advantage of this Award.



This year the Actors Centre is working with international casting platform Casting Networks to bring you a brand new digitised application process for the Alan Bates Award 2017.

The Alan Bates Award 2017 has 4 stages:

  1. Online application form and self-tape upload.
  2. For those shortlisted – Round 2 is a Workshop Round.
  3. For those shortlisted – Round 3 is a Workshop Round.
  4. Audition and interview round in front of an industry panel and award presentation.




  • Make sure your course is eligible – click here to view list.
  • The application form is hosted within the Actors Centre website and is linked below.
  • There are 3 stages to the form, you just need to follow each stage by filling in and submitting your details.
    • NOTE: You MUST attach your headshot for your application to be processed.
  • The final stage is a page explaining how to upload your video via our dedicated WeTransfer page – read the instructions thoroughly and click on the link at the bottom of that page.
    • NOTE: If you are applying for the Alan Bates Award using your smartphone you will need to download the WeTransfer app first.



Well, here is a little video to show you…



  • No more than 90 seconds long.
  • This includes intro and ONE MINUTE of a speech – Contemporary or Classical, it is your choice.
  • Make sure you are well lit and the camera/tablet/smartphone is positioned in a good enough position and height to capture you.
  • Your video should be saved in one of the following file types:
    • .MOV
    • .MP4
    • .MPEG
    • .WMV

NOTE: You MUST have your video ready to upload before you start the application process, you cannot send your video without also submitting your application form. It must all be done at the same time.

NOTE: You MUST complete the application all in one go, you cannot save and return to your application once you have started. Please make sure you have everything ready to go.



If you have your headshot and self-tape video ready to upload, please click the self-tape link below to apply for the Alan Bates Award 2017.

Applications for the Alan Bates Award 2017 are now CLOSED. Good luck to all those that applied.



'It means everything to have opportunities like this. This Award allows me to have guidance and a mentor and to financially be able to carry on as a proactive actor which wouldn’t have been possible without the Award. It’s fantastic.' – Shauna McLean, winner 2016

'I feel very privileged, honoured and absolutely elated. I am so thankful to the Actors Centre, and the best thing about winning this year’s Alan Bates Award is I can keep coming back to work with the amazing actors and people.' – Luke Dale, winner 2015

'Taking part in the Alan Bates Award competition was fantastic. The prizes that accompany the award are incredibly valuable and are allowing me to build my skills and my professional profile in a way I would otherwise not have been able to afford. Additionally, the support I have received from the Actors Centre has helped immensely during my first year in a 'business' I've realised I actually knew very little about! Not to mention the confidence it has given me, and the joy I feel every time I think back to the moment when I was named the winner.' - Adam Buchanan winner 2013

'It is an amazing opportunity and wonderful prize; it enables an actor to pursue their dreams and passions in the harsh wilderness of the industry. Not only have I reaped the benefits of what the award offers on paper, I also have priceless tutoring, new friends, and a title that associates me with a great thing.' – Elliot Barnes-Worrell, winner 2012

'Winning the Alan Bates Award was a wonderful way to start my professional career. The Award is a real jump-start to settling myself as an actor and the incredible honour has given me such confidence for entering the profession. I feel ecstatic with the amount of help and support I’m receiving at the beginning of my career. The Actors Centre has provided me with a framework of support and advice which was much needed after leaving drama school.' - Christine Clare, winner 2009

'Winning the Alan Bates Award is a huge honour and a real confidence boost to take into my first year in the industry. The financial assistance it provides means I am able to develop my portfolio of skills and resources in the coming year in a way I would never have been able to afford otherwise. In short – it’s a little godsend!" - Luke Norris, winner 2008


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