They take two of just 10 nominations, that include Emilia Jones for CODA and pop duo Wet Leg.
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the first and only awards ceremony to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art – returns on Sunday 10 July at The Savoy Hotel, hosted by Melvyn Bragg. Previous winners of the Breakthrough Artist category include playwright Samuel Bailey, actors Jessie Buckley and Tom Hiddleston, and musicians Nubya Garcia and Stormzy.
Sam has been nominated for his debut role as Malcolm Polstead, the young hero of the Bridge Theatre’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. Cast just before he graduated in March 2020, Sam finally stepped in front of the audience in November 2021 to outstanding reviews across the board.
Clive Davis of the Times says of Sam:
“What was immediately obvious was that he possessed natural stage presence. There was a rare aura of confidence about him too: it’s hard to believe that when he first took the coach to London from south Wales to begin his drama course, he spent half an hour in the capital, had a coffee, then jumped on the next coach home.”
Gabrielle has been nominated for her role as Bethan, a working-class Cardiff schoolgirl from a troubled home in the magnificent BBC3 drama In My Skin, a role for which she secured a BAFTA in 2019. Carol Midgely of The Times describes Gabrielle’s performance as:
“unforgettable, an exquisite balance of the tragic and bleakly comic and so masterfully authentic that sometimes you could be watching a documentary. Creevy ..plays the 16-year-old Bethan beautifully, and with such intelligence and nuance in a totally immersive performance, that it is obvious she is an acting force to be reckoned with.”
You can find out more about the awards here.
We are immensely proud of both Sam and Gabrielle.