AN up-and-coming actress with strong Kerry and west Limerick connections has just been named best actress at the 2012 British Horror Film Festival.
Limerick-born Clare Langford - whose parents Des and Ina hail from Killorglin and Askeaton respectively - picked up the award for her chilling performance as Amy Harper in Mark Duffield's film, Demon.
Clare's late grandfather Micheál Langford was a pupil in St Brendan's in Killarney and moved to Mallow after he married, and taught in the local secondary school. Her granduncle Eamonn still lives in Kells Bay and was also a popular teacher teacher in Cahersiveen until he retired a few years ago. Clare's mum, Ina, meanwhile, hails from Askeaton and has cousins in Rathkeale, Kilmeedy, and Foynes.
While studying French, Spanish, and Japanese in UL, she joined the University Drama Society and elected to pursue her love of acting. She went to train at the prestigious Drama Centre London, where Kerryman Michael Fassbender and renowned Irish actor Pierce Brosnan also trained.
Clare's award-winning performance in 'Demon' sees her play a nurse in a 19th century London hospital who finds herself fascinated by a patient, who - should he ever finds love - will transform into a blood hungry demon.
After last weekend's success in London, the film will be screened at the Los Angeles Film festival, in November, and it has also been selected for screening in New York.