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Bafta buzz Paul Mescal's dad is 'all emotional' after Kildare star's award win

Family of the Normal People actor are 'buzzing' after his award triumph

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Paul Mescal is to star alongside Saoirse Ronan in Foe

Paul Mescal is to star alongside Saoirse Ronan in Foe

Paul Mescal is to star alongside Saoirse Ronan in Foe

Paul Mescal’s dad has said that his family at home were “all emotional” following the actor’s Bafta win.

The Kildare native (25) won the Leading Actor award at last night’s ceremony for his role as Connell Waldron in Normal People - the hit BBC/Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel.

He beat out the likes of The Crown’s Josh O'Connor and Small Axe’s John Boyega for the gong.

Speaking on the Marty Morrissey Show on RTÉ Radio 1, Paul Mescal Senior said his son's win was also celebrated by his family back home.

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The family held a “fantastic” Bafta party in Kilcock, Co Kildare on Sunday night to mark the occasion, which was hosted by Paul’s aunt.

Mr Mescal told listeners he was extremely emotional watching his son’s acceptance speech and was especially bowled over when the star shed a tear as he mentioned his parents.

“We were all emotional. It’s a great event,” the proud dad said.

“He was just great, we’re really thrilled. That was quite an achievement alright and it’s a great buzz for us here as well."

And Mr Mescal beamed that while Paul was undoubtedly celebrating his win by going out for dinner and “drinking too much alcohol,” he still made time to call his folks back in Ireland although he couldn’t stay for long.

“When he rang us, we heard it on the night, and it was the first we heard of it," he said.

"We couldn’t really say that much to him because he was gone again in a heartbeat.

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“We are hoping to get a proper chat with him at some stage today.”

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