Saturday 1 October 2016

'It came out wrong' - Sky News reporter apologises for claiming Saoirse Ronan as British

Published 10/01/2016 | 19:28

Saoirse Ronan arrives at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan arrives at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

A Sky News reporter has apologised for claiming Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was British during a live broadcast.

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Reporter Richard Suchet posted the apology on his Twitter account this afternoon.

"On Saoirse, I apologise. It came out wrong. I know the UK can't claim her, of course. But the British would love to see her win for Ireland," he wrote online.

He made the controversial remarks as he listed out the BAFTA nominees for Best Actress on Friday.

"If we look at the leading actress category, I think we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours. She's in Brooklyn, she's nominated," he said on air.

The reporter took to Twitter following the broadcast to reply to the hundreds of tweets slamming him for the comment.

"She's from the British Isles & whether you like it or not, Brits will be willing her to win," he replied to one.

Saoirse Ronan will hit the red carpet at tonight's Golden Globes in Los Angeles as she is nominated for Best Actress in Brooklyn.

It is the film's only nomination at the award season opener.

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