Academic Awards

The Diana Boddington Award

Diana Boddington enjoyed a hugely successful career as a stage manager, working with Tyrone Gutherie, Orson Wells and Laurence Olivier at the New Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre, where she remained until her retirement in 1987.  

She was highly respected by the many leading names she worked with and was honoured to be the first stage manager to receive an MBE for services to the theatre. Diana enjoyed close links with Mountview, where her daughter, Claudia trained, so it is a fitting tribute to present an annual award in Diana’s name, to an outstanding Technical Theatre student graduating from Mountview.

WINNERS

2003  SHARON LEWIS
2004  KINGSLEY COOK
2005  WILLIAM ROBERTS
2006  ALEX WALTERS
2007  AMBER TOMLIN
2008  SIMON BOYER-WILLSSON
2009  KATE RIEDLER

2010  NIAMH COOPER
2011  ABBIE PROCTER
2012  LAURA ELPHICK
2013  EDWARD LOCKE
2014  ANTHONY HANNAH
2015  MICHAEL HUMPHRIES
2016  SAM HAWKES

2017  ELLA WHEWAY
2018  ESTENIAH WILLIAMS
2019  CHANTELLE DOBBS
2020  TAMSIN HARPER JENKINS
2021  LIBBIE READ

Gyearbuor Asante Award for acting

Gyearbuor Asante came to England from Ghana in 1967 and trained at Mountview where he distinguished himself as a prize-winning student. 

He had numerous theatre, film and television appearances to his credit and was perhaps best known as the African student Matthew in the hugely successful Channel 4 sitcom, Desmond’s, produced by Humphrey Barclay. He died from natural causes at the early age of 58 in 2000.

The Gyearbuor Asante Memorial Fund from which is awarded The Gyearbuor Asante Award for Acting was founded by Humphrey Barclay and friends including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard O’Brien, Hugh Quarshie, Emma Thompson, John Alderton, Pauline Collins, Kenneth Branagh, Maureen Lipman, Neil Pearson and Matthew Kelly. They could think of no better way to commemorate Gyearbuor’s inspiration, contribution and example than to offer a yearly salute to the talent of somebody new – somebody who in the view of the judges is equally likely to make an unforgettable mark on the acting scene.

The Gyearbuor Asante Award is presented to the top-scoring undergraduate performance student each year.

WINNERS

2004  KELLY PRICE
2005  CONNIE FISHER
2006  DAVID FLYNN
2007  TESSA MABBITT
2008  LAUREN HOOD
2009  IDDON JONES
2010  MATTHEW SEADON-YOUNG

2011  RICHARD VORSTER
2012  SHAUN CHAMBERS
2013  BRONTE BARBE
2014  GIANNI TOZZI (JON TOZZI) and IMELDA WARREN-GREEN
2015  MICHAEL BELL (MICHAEL JAMES) and JUDITH NEILL

2016  ADAM SMALL
2017  OSCAR CONLON-MORREY
2018  SARAH DICKSON (ROSE DICKSON)
2019  ISABEL CANNING
2020  DARCY FINDEN
2021  PHOEBE HORN

THE ARIF HUSSEIN AWARD

Arif Hussein studied acting at Mountview from 1980- 83 and went on to an illustrious career as an actor, theatre founder, screenwriter, film producer, and Hollywood executive producer.

Through his company Kaos Films, he established the prestigious British Short Screen Play Competition, giving many upcoming film makers an important break into the industry. Many films produced from the competition went on to win international film festival awards. 

Arif’s values of entrepreneurialism and compassion shone through his work. He sadly died from COVID-19 in January 2021. We are honoured that his wife Kathryn Wolfe chose to set up the award in Arif’s name.

The award will be made annually to a graduating student who emanates the attributes Arif held dear.

WINNERS

2021  RACHEL MORRIS