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The sky's the limit for Kelly after her IFTA nomination


Kelly Thornton. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Kelly Thornton. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Kelly Thornton. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RISING starlet Kelly Thornton has received valuable acting advice from pal Saoirse Ronan, but she still cannot believe she will go up against the Oscar nominee for an award at this year's IFTAs.

The 16-year-old, who impressed in Love/Hate last year, has been given the nod for her turn in Life's A Breeze opposite Pat Shortt and Fionnula Flanagan.

Dubliner Kelly's mum Maria Creighton told the Herald that they've been on "cloud nine" since hearing the news that Kelly (right) will compete for the Lead Actress prize next month.

"Kelly was in school when we found out about the nomination last week, so I sent her a text to call me and she literally could not believe it," Maria told the Diary.

"It's amazing, she's still in shock and I'm absolutely stunned too. She's so young, and this early in her career, it's just absolutely fantastic."

Kelly met Saoirse and her father Paul Ronan last year, and Maria said that the Hollywood darling and her dad gave them some priceless tips on how to handle the movie industry.


"We know Saoirse, she's really nice, and Kelly has spent a good bit of time with her," Maria said.

"Obviously her dad was in Life's A Breeze with Kelly too, so they've been very good to give us advice about the business. I'm not in the film industry at all, it's not my bag, so it's been so helpful to get some sound advice from a fellow parent of an actress, but one who also acts himself."