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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)

Paul Mescal is among the actors nominated that will attend the BAFTA TV Awards ceremony in person.

The Kildare native (25) has been nominated for Leading Actor for his portrayal of Connell Waldron in the BBC and Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel Normal People.

He 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.

He will also be joined at the awards show by nominees such as Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel.

The event will be hosted by Richard Ayoade at London’s Television Centre on June 6th and due to Covid-19 protocols, only nominees in specific awards categories will be permitted to attend.

These categories include Leading Actor, Leading Actress (for which Mescal’s co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones is also nominated for her role in Normal People), Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Entertainment Performance, Male Performance in a Comedy, Female Performance in a Comedy, and the Virgin Media Must-See Moment.

The remaining stars who are not able to attend the event on June 6th due to Covid-19 restrictions will be greeted on the red carpet in hologram form.

Red carpet presenters Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope will introduce the hologram guests to those physically present at the socially distanced ceremony.

Viewers have also been offered the chance to virtually appear at the star-studded ceremony. They can sign up for the chance to ask a question directly to their chosen celebrity live on the red carpet.

Olly Alexander — best known as the lead singer of Years & Years, but also the star of Russell T. Davies’ recent HBO/Channel 4 hit It’s a Sin — will open the ceremony with his new track ‘Starstruck.’

Emma Baehr, BAFTA’s executive director of awards and content, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate the television industry which has kept us all informed and entertained during what has been a difficult time for so many and delighted to have a number of the nominees attending the Virgin Media BAFTAs in person once again.

“The wonderfully talented Olly Alexander will kick off this special evening with a live performance from the red carpet and we look forward to television fans across the nation joining us in this night of celebration.”

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