Saturday 18 November 2017

'I am an Irish-British actress' - Television icon Angela Lansbury honoured with lifetime achievement award in Dublin

Jason Kennedy and Louise Kelly

Television icon Angela Lansbury received the welcome of a lifetime when she arrived in Dublin today to collect a lifetime achievement award for her acting career.

The English actress, best known for her main role as Jessica Fletcher in 'Murder She Wrote' was presented with the Volta award in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

Thousands of people attended the event, which paid tribute to the extensive work done by the 90-year-old actress.

Before receiving the award, she told that Ireland has a special place in her heart.

"I'm here every year. I have a house down in Cork. I couldn't bear not having a house in Ireland, so we came back.

"Achill is one of my favourites. It was the first place I visited in Ireland as a child," she said.

"I never forgot it and I always go back. I go back to all the old haunts. I am an Irish-British acterss."

The theatre star was greeted to some presents from devoted fans in the theatre's reception, with one fan even gifting her a perfume she made just for the actress.

The crowds were not as warm to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who was booed by the audience as he presented Lansbury with her Volta award.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival runs until the 28 February.

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