Wednesday 23 August 2017

Actresses back Nesbitt Bafta speech

Denise McCormack praised James Nesbitt for his speech
Denise McCormack praised James Nesbitt for his speech
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Irish actresses have praised James Nesbitt for the impassioned speech he made about the lack of gender parity in the TV and film industry at the Bafta awards.

The Northern Irish actor was presenting the award for Best Actress and announced his support for the Equal Representation for Actresses campaign.

"For one female role, there are three male roles," he explained. "As the father of two children - two girls - this should change."

Irish actress Denise McCormack praised him for using the platform to raise the issue of gender balance.

"I'm delighted he said that," she told the Irish Independent. "I think it's appalling that there continues to be more male voices and faces on screen."

McCormack's 'Love/Hate' colleague Mary Murray also praised the actor. "I think the more people say things like that, the more it will continue to change," she said.

Irish Independent

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