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Awards nods are icing on cake for our rising stars Barry and Jessie


American Animals star Barry Keoghan, with his girlfriend Shona Guerin

American Animals star Barry Keoghan, with his girlfriend Shona Guerin

American Animals star Barry Keoghan, with his girlfriend Shona Guerin

Barry Keoghan has been given the nod for yet another prestigious award.

The Dublin actor, star of Dunkirk and Black 47, has been nominated for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifa).

Keoghan has been recognised for his role in the heist film American Animals.

Director Bart Layton was also nominated in the best director category.

The movie tells the true story of four friends from Kentucky who plot the elaborate theft of a very rare and valuable book from Transylvania University.


Keoghan's star has been on the rise since his TV debut in RTE's hit gangland series Love/Hate.

He was cast as a teenage volunteer on the "little ships", in Oscar-nominated war film Dunkirk, alongside Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, and Harry Styles.

Keoghan sparked Oscar talk with his appearance in the 2017 film, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. For famine thriller Black 47, the 26-year-old produced a convincing Liverpudlian accent. The film raked in over €1m at the Irish box office, with a record-breaking opening week in the country's cinemas.

Keogh is set to walk the red carpet again next month, when he will find out whether he has nabbed the Bifa.

However, he will not be the only Irish star to shine on the night.

Actress Jessie Buckley said her two nominations were "the icing on the cake" after the film Beast was put forward for 10 awards.

In the movie, the Killarney-born actress (29) plays a troubled woman living in an isolated community who finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Buckley, who is nominated in the lead actress and most promising newcomer categories, said: "I have been incredibly lucky. I have got to work with people that I bloody love and got to tell stories about incredible women in lots of shapes and colours, and it's not anything that has ever been planned. I feel very lucky.

"This is the icing on the cake. The best part is the making of the things, and those experiences and the bonds that you make. It's about being curious about what else is possible - finding other stories about women and people that haven't yet been uncovered.

"I feel like I'm on an expedition trying to find some secret land that I haven't explored yet myself."

Buckley will soon be seen starring opposite Renee Zellweger in a new film about Judy Garland, and in a Cold War drama with Benedict Cumberbatch.


She said: "There is potential in each character and it's your job to draw out the complexities and the humanity of characters. I've been very lucky to work with amazing people and the characters I've played have all been completely different, and that is so exciting."

It is a record-breaking year for female representation at the awards show, with more than 40pc of nominations recognising women across various categories, including directing, writing, producing and performance.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Old Billingsgate, in London, on December 2.