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Spotlight: Actor In A Leading Role Film - IFTA Nominations
07 Feb 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The 2018 IFTA Film & Drama Awards were announced Thursday, January 11th, celebrating the best of Irish film and drama from this year’s productions. In the build up to the awards, which will take place on Thursday, February 15th, IFTN will showcase some of the most interesting categories and productions, as well as bringing attention to some new faces that have made a name for themselves in 2017.

This article will be focusing on the Best Actor in a Lead Role - Film, which was won by veteran actor Colm Meaney last year. The seasoned Dublin born actor was awarded an IFTA for his portrayal of the recently deceased Martin McGuiness, on a journey with Ian Paisley played by Timothy Spall.

This year celebrates a youthful upturn with three first time nominees in contention for the 2018 IFTA Film & Drama Awards' 'Best Actor in a Leading Role - Film' category. This year’s nominees include: John Connors, Dafhyd Flynn, Fionn O’Shea, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Colin Farrell.

 

John Connors – Cardboard Gangsters

 

John Connors is an Irish actor, screen writer, documentary film-maker and human rights activist and is known for his roles in: ‘Stalker’, ‘King of the Travellers’, ‘Skunky Dog’, ‘Love/Hate’, ‘Charlie’, ‘Rebellion’, ‘Secret Scripture’, and ‘Cardboard Gangsters’.

Speaking about the Nomination, John said:

“I am honoured and thrilled to be nominated for an Irish film and television award. Being Irish makes me proud and these are our awards, our night. Thank you everyone who voted.”

 

Dafhyd Flynn – Michael Inside

 

Dafhyd made his acting debut in Frank Berry's highly acclaimed film 'I Used To Live Here' at the age of 14 and has just made his second feature film, also for Frank Berry, in the title role in 'Michael Inside', which goes on general release in Ireland in 2018.

Speaking about the Nomination, Dafhyd said:

“I’m so happy to be nominated in the lead actor category of the IFTAs. I wanna say thanks to the people who voted, my family and to the entire cast and crew of Michael Inside, I couldn’t have asked for better.”

 

Fionn O’Shea – Handsome Devil

 

Fionn was named one of Screen International's 2017 Stars of Tomorrow. He will soon be seen in the upcoming C4 comedy series ‘Hang Ups’ and in James Kent's feature ‘The Aftermath’. He stars in ‘Handsome Devil’, currently on Netflix, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won the Rising Star Award at the Irish Screen America festival.

Speaking about the Nomination, Fionn said:

“Having grown up watching the work of a lot of the nominees, and with a wealth of Irish talent out there, it’s an honour to be among such good company for this year’s IFTAs.”

 

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Maze

 

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was born in Dublin in 1977. He has acted in theatre, television and film and his credits include ‘Love/Hate’, ‘Charlie’, ‘Cured’, ‘The Infiltrator’, and ‘Marvel: Infinity Wars’.

Speaking about the Nomination, Tom said:

“I am so proud of this film and am thrilled to be one of its 4 IFTA nominations.”

 

Colin Farrell – The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

 

Farrell is an alumnus of the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, he landed a starring role in ‘Falling for a Dancer’ and BBC series ‘Ballkissangel’. In 2009, Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in ‘In Bruges’. He also starred in ‘Seven Psychopath’, ‘Miami Vice’; ‘Alexander’; ‘Phone Booth’ and ‘Tigerland’; ‘Minority Report’, ‘Intermission’ and ‘The Lobster’, which won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

 

The IFTA Film & Drama Awards take place on Thursday February 15th at the Round Room in Dublin.




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