Veteran actor Edward Petherbridge has been nominated for a major honour at the 2013 Theatre Awards UK for a play inspired by his recovery from a stroke. My Perfect Mind, which Petherbridge co-wrote, was inspired by his experience of having to abandon his dream role as King Lear when a stroke left him partially paralysed two days into rehearsals in 2007. Petherbridge will compete at the awards in the best performance category against Cush Jumbo, for her role in Hendrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Simon Scardifield for his performance in The Double. Other nominees include playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourne, who is up for best new play for Surprises, and Sian Phillips, who has been shortlisted for best supporting performance for her role in This Is My Family. The honours will be handed out at a ceremony in London next month (Oct13).