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Paul Mescal wins Best Actor at BAFTA TV Awards
07 Jun 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Paul Mescal with his BAFTA TV Award.
Irish actor Paul Mescal took home his first BAFTA for his world renowned performance as Connell in Sally Rooney’s Normal People at Sunday night’s 73rd BAFTA TV Awards.

Mescal fended off tough competition in the Best Actor category, which came in the form of Josh O’Connor (The Crown), John Boyega (Small Axe), Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), and Shaun Parkes (Small Axe).

The Kildare natives portrayal of Connell had also earned him a prestigious Emmy nomination last year.

Accepting his award, Mescal said: "I was fully not expecting to be here, so I have no clue what I am going to say! I want to thank everyone at Hulu and the BBC. I want to thank every at Element. I want to thank Lenny (Abrahamson) for trusting me with this."

The Normal People star also dedicated his award to co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones who played Marianne in the 12-part Hulu/BBC series; "I want to dedicate this to Daisy who is the best scene partner and one of the best people that I know."

On hearing the news of the wins co-founders of Element Pictures Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe said “Massive, massive congratulations from the team at Element Pictures to the wonderful Paul Mescal on winning the BAFTA for Best Actor for his extraordinary portrayal of Connell. It’s an incredible achievement, made all the more amazing given the intense competition this year and also given the fact that it’s his first screen role. We are all so proud. Congrats again.”

The series was produced by award-winning International production company Element Pictures, and adapted by Sally Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, Normal People is an Emmy nominated drama for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu. The series also aired on RTE last year. 

Filming took place in Dublin, Sligo, Italy and Sweden with Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and award-winning director Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End). The series was produced by Catherine MaGee (Sweetness In The Belly, Garage) , executive produced by Ed Guiney (The Favorite, Room, The Lobster, Dublin Murders), Andrew Lowe (The Favorite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Rosie, A Date for Mad Mary), and Anna Ferguson (No Offense, Prisoners’ Wives) for Element Pictures. Sally Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson also serve as Executive Producers. The show was produced in association with Screen Ireland.

Normal People is available to download from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Virgin Media and Sky Store. The series DVD available to purchase from Golden Discs, Tower Records and Amazon. Rights to the series have been purchased in territories on every corner of the globe.

Click here to watch the full series of Normal People on RTÉ Player.

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