No winners but Irish eyes smiling at Empire awards
Published 25/03/2013 | 05:00
THE Irish were out in force at the Jameson Empire Awards with 'Love/Hate' heartthrob Robert Sheehan stepping out with "close friend" Laura Whitmore at the star-studded event in London.
The Portlaoise-born actor took time out from filming in Dublin to attend the glitzy bash hosted by Dublin comedian Ed Byrne.
With his arm around the MTV presenter's waist, the good friends enjoyed the atmosphere in London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes swept the board and scooped three gongs including best director and best film awards for his 007 effort, along with the Empire Inspiration prize.
But the Irish contingent, which included Domhnall Gleeson nominated for his role in 'Anna Karenina', failed to capture any awards.
Daniel Day-Lewis didn't emulate his recent Oscar success for 'Lincoln' after losing out to Martin Freeman for the Best Actor award in 'The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey'.
Helen Mirren was queen of the night, receiving the Empire Legend award.
The 67-year-old actress was hailed for her screen career spanning five decades.
'Trainspotting' director Danny Boyle was also celebrated for his film career and was presented with the Empire Outstanding Contribution award. 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe was named this year's Empire Hero, while his film 'The Woman In Black' won the award for Best Horror.