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Farrell enjoys London catch-up with co-stars as stylish Saoirse turns judge

Published 21/10/2013 | 05:00

Actors Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson arrive for the world premiere of "Saving Mr Banks" at the BFI London film festival, October 20, 2013.   REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Colin Farrell shares a joke with castmate Ruth Wilson as the pair attend the London premiere of their new film ‘Saving Mr Banks’. Co-stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson were also at the event
Actors (left to right) Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks at the European premiere of 'Saving Mr Banks' in London last night
Saoirse Ronan arriving for the BFI London Film Festival Awards in London

AFTER a short trip home, actor Colin Farrell was back on the promotional tour for his new movie opposite Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks.

The 37-year-old jetted back to Ireland last week to catch up with family and friends, but also to appear on Ryan Tubridy's 'The Late, Late Show' on Friday.

Father-of-two Farrell, who began his acting career in RTE soap 'Ballykissangel', spoke to the broadcaster about battling his alcohol and drugs demons, as well as life in Los Angeles, where he is now based.

But it was a short visit for Dublin-born Farrell, who then flew to London on Saturday to continue with his busy working schedule and meet up with his 'Saving Mr Banks' co-stars, Hanks, Emma Thompson and Ruth Wilson.

Farrell laughed and joked with his castmates while attending a press conference for their new movie at the Dorchester Hotel.

The film, which is based on the story of the author behind the famous nanny tale of 'Mary Poppins', is being featured as part of the 57th British Film Institute London Film Festival.

And Farrell is not the only well-known Irish face to participate in the festival this year.

'The Host' actress Saoirse Ronan stepped out at Banqueting House, in London's Whitehall, on Saturday night.

The Carlow teenager was on the jury to decide Best British Newcomer, alongside Cork-born Cillian Murphy, director Tom Kingsley, 'Downton Abbey' actress Joanne Froggatt and Gina McKee.

Ronan looked effortlessly stylish as she walked the red carpet, wearing an aubergine two-piece trouser suit that she matched with a plum lace blouse.

The 19-year-old has been hotly tipped to play Jaina, the daughter of Carrie Fisher's Leia and Harrison Ford's Han Solo, in the next 'Star Wars' instalment.

Directed by JJ Abrams, 'Star Wars: Episode VII' is the first in a new trilogy of films being made by Disney.

Irish Independent

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