Anjana Vasan Become the First Singaporean to Win Best Supporting Actress at Britain’s Olivier awards

Anjana Vasan won the Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The character she played is Stella Kowalski in the revival of American playwright Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Olivier awards are the oscars of London theater.

The ceremony was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday. When Vasan’s name was announced, she was shocked. As she was up against some veterans, including South African actress Pamela Nomvete as Calpurnia in American playwright Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, and Scottish actress Sharon Small in C.P. Taylor’s 1981 Nazi drama Good. 

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Anjana Vasan thanked her parents, “amma” and “appa”, before saying “I’m going to find a corner and have a lie-down and a cry.” She also expressed her gratitudes for her director Rebecca Frecknall “for trusting me with Stella” and her co-stars Paul Mescal, who won the Best Actor in a Lead Role as Stanley Kowalski, and Patsy Ferran.

The Olivier is not the first time Anjana Vasan was recognized for her works. The actress has earned a Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nomination for playing doctoral student-turned-punk singer Amina in We Are Lady Parts (2021 to present), a British comedy about an all-female Muslim band.

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