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Green screen Paul Mescal, Barry Keoghan and Seana Kerslake hailed by Hollywood bible Variety

Under the headline,“The Low Down: Irish Acting and Directing Talent to Track,” the magazine lists Ireland’s new screen stars.

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 Actress Seána Kerslake. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Actress Seána Kerslake. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Actress Seána Kerslake. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Ireland is packed full of talent with a whole new generation of stars to look out for, according to showbiz bible Variety.

The Hollywood magazine has told the entertainment industry to be on high alert for a new wave of actors and directors coming out of the country.

Under the headline, “The Low Down: Irish Acting and Directing Talent to Track,” the magazine lists Ireland’s new screen stars.

“Paul Mescal emerged as one of the breakout stars of 2020 thanks to his performance in BBC and Hulu drama Normal People,” it says.

“Ireland has seen a slew of such acting talent establish themselves in recent years, like Jessie Buckley with her star turn as the pregnant wife of a doomed Russian fireman in Chernobyl.”

Variety name checks Barry Keoghan “who won attention with lead roles in two 2017 films, Killing of a Sacred Deer and Dunkirk.”

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Dublin actor Barry Keoghan

Dublin actor Barry Keoghan

Dublin actor Barry Keoghan

It points out the Dublin actor is now BAFTA-nominated for Calm with Horses along with Niamh Algar who shot to fame in The Virtues and Raised by Wolves.

Domhnall Gleeson has made a name for himself as General Dux in recent Star Wars films, and also in The Revenant and Ex Machina, it says.

“Among the new generation of actors to watch are Fionn O’Shea, chosen as one of the Berlin Film Festival’s Shooting Stars of 2021.

“A Normal People alumnus, O’Shea will next be seen in Nathalie Biancheri’s Wolf.

“Meanwhile, Clare Dunne – who starred in Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself – next appears in upcoming Irish crime drama Kin.”

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Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

The magazine then turns its attention to Seana Kerslake who “has just appeared in new Irish drama Smother, having starred in Lee Cronin’s Hole in the Ground.

“Kerslake recently finished filming on upcoming feature comedy Ballywalter, starring alongside Patrick Kielty.”

Variety said that Gemma-Leah Devereux, having played Liza Minnelli in Judy, can also be seen in Smother.

Former Red Rock star Ann Skelly “won plaudits and an IFTA nomination for her role in Death and Nightingales.”

“Similarly, established directors are readying new projects,” says the magazine.

“Lenny Abrahamson is gearing up to shoot Conversations with Friends, the follow up to hit Sally Rooney adaptation Normal People.

“Here Was Cuba and The Farthest documentary director and editor Emer Reynolds is about to start her first fiction film.

“Lorcan Finnegan’s third feature Nocebo has just started filming, while The Hole in the Ground director Lee Cronin is prepping the next film in the Evil Dead franchise.

“Others, like Neasa Hardiman (Sea Fever), Brendan Muldowney (The Ten Steps), and Lisa Mulcahy (Ridley Road), have built up plaudits across film and TV.”

Variety said: “Coming up is new directing talent, such as actor-turned-director Antonia Campbell-Hughes, who has just helmed her first feature, It Is in Us All.

“Kate Dolan has also directed her first feature, the horror You Are Not My Mother, backed by Screen Ireland.”

Elsewhere, it said Hannah Quinn has directed episodes of Vikings: Valhalla, Fate: The Winx Saga and The Stranger.

Tom Sullivan directed the Irish-language Arracht, Ireland’s entry for the Oscar’s international feature category.

Acclaimed shorts director Cathy Brady made her feature debut last year with Wildfire, which played at the London and Toronto film festivals.

So, be warned Hollywood, the Irish are coming!

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