17 March 2020
Awardee Mirren Mack Gains Prime Time Role
Mirren cites her support from the Dewar Arts Awards as crucial in her progression.
In 2016, Mirren Mack applied for a Dewar Arts Award to cover her tuition fees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Now, she is poised to take to our screens on BBC One’s new drama ‘The Nest’.
Born and raised in Stirling, Mirren studied Musical Theatre at the Dance School of Scotland. Her passion for acting led her to audition for the prestigious Guildhall. She was overjoyed to be selected, but needed financial support to access the opportunity. Having accessed funding from the Dewar Arts Awards, she developed her skillset through her studies and is now demonstrating her true potential as an emerging talent.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Mirren credited her support from the Awards as being fundamental in her progression as an artist. She says that when she walks past the Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street she ‘rubs his foot for luck and says thank you’. She is grateful for the support at a time when it was most needed and will do all she can in future to ‘give that opportunity to someone else’.
‘The Nest’ will premiere on BBC One on Sunday March 22nd at 9pm.
** If you feel a Dewar Arts Award could support you in your progression as a young artist, or know someone else who might benefit, find out more about how to apply on our Eligibility and Application pages **
Read more about Mirren on her Awardee Profile.
Watch Mirren and her co-stars discuss ‘The Nest’: