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Whitmore chosen to host IFTAs

PRESENTER Laura Whitmore is set to host the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) next month.

The 28-year-old is being lined up to present the show alongside actor Simon Delaney in the April 5 ceremony.

The awards are getting a facelift and this year it is being held in the Double Tree Hotel in Ballsbridge instead of the National Convention Centre.

And the duo have also been "hatching some plans with producers to add some vibrant new elements to the procedures this year", according to IFTA.

Laura said this morning that they will try to replicate the famous 'selfie' taken by presenter Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars.

"We'll try to get as many people in the room in one photograph," she told Ray D'Arcy this morning.

And Simon joked that they would be handing out "snackboxes with curry chips" to the attendees instead of the pizza that was delivered by Ellen on Oscars night.

A string of well-known faces will be in attendance on the night. Oscar nominated Michael Fassbender will be in attendance on the night, as will The Fall actor Jamie Dornan, who recently completed filming on Fifty Shades of Grey.

They will be joined by fellow nominees Amy Huberman, Sinead Cusack and Ryan Tubridy.

The high profile gig will no doubt be right up Whitmore's street, as she has become accustomed to interviewing some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry since joining MTV five years ago.

"I remember when I was younger, my friends and I getting excited that so many big names in the Irish film and TV world were in town and we snuck off to have a peak at the red carpet arrivals before a college night out.

"I think we had a glimpse of a certain Mr Farrell," Laura said.

"So it's surreal to be here in this capacity. The Irish entertainment industry is getting stronger and stronger. There have been great film releases and TV dramas and epic acting performances. I'm so proud to be part of it."