Adjoa Andoh, Robert Webb to judge Booker Prize in 2023

Adjoa Andoh, an actress, and Robert Webb, a comedian, will serve on the panel to judge the Booker Prize in 2023.

Bridgerton star Andoh, 59, and the Peep Show actor, 50, have both written and directed productions as well as served as literary judges for other competitions, are judging the annual award for the first time.

Webb, known for his comic partnership with David Mitchell, has also judged the BBC Young Writers’ Award.

Andoh was one of those to choose the AKO Caine Prize Award For African Writing in 2016.

She was also elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Literature earlier this year a

They will be joined by Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan, award-winning Hong Kong poet Mary Jean Chan, and American professor James Shapiro, who specialises in William Shakespeare.

All the judges are joining the Booker Prize panel for the first time, a spokeswoman for the annual award told PA news agency.

Chair Edugyan said: “I’m deeply excited for the chance to immerse myself in great storytelling, in its enduring ability to shock, thrill, devastate, and console.”

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