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High Hopes Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones nominated for BAFTA TV awards

There were seven nominations for the hit series, which was filmed in Ireland.

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones

Irish star Paul Mescal is in the running for a BAFTA TV Award after he was shortlisted for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Connell Waldron in Normal People.

The 25-year-old Kildare man is up against John Boyega (Small Axe), Josh O’Connor (The Crown), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Shaun Parkes (Small Axe) and Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central) for the gong.

It was one of seven BATA TV nominations for the hit series, which was filmed in Ireland.

His co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones has also landed a nomination at the annual awards show that will take place on June 6.

The 22-year-old who played Marianne Sheridan in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel will be up against Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie), Hayley Squires (Adult Material), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Letitia Wright (Small Axe) and Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) for Best Leading Actress.

The show’s director Lenny Abrahamson has been nominated in the Best Director: Fiction category.

Normal People also received a nomination for best mini-series.

This is the third time that both stars from the Irish drama series have been nominated for the same awards show - the Critics’ Choice Awards and the AACTA International Awards.

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Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal as Marianne and Connell in 'Normal People'

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal as Marianne and Connell in 'Normal People'

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal as Marianne and Connell in 'Normal People'

Mescal previously received an Emmy nomination last year, with Edgar-Jones getting a Golden Globe nod earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Steve McQueen's BBC series 'Small Axe' has dominated the nominations, with a total of 15. 'The Crown' season four is also a force to be reckoned with after garnering 10 nominations in total while Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' got a total of eight nods.

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The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on June 6 on BBC One and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA's social channels on May 24.

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