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Love/Hate Mary feels like a winner

SHE is going up against some of Ireland's elite for a top gong at this year's IFTAs.

But Dublin actress Mary Murray, who shot to fame as brothel-owner Janet on hit crime drama Love/Hate, said that being nominated was an award in itself.

The 34-year-old was shortlisted for Best Actress in a television role alongside her co-star and last year's winner Charlie Murphy, comedy actress Deirdre O'Kane and Eva Birthistle who played the frantic mother in RTE drama Amber.

It was Mary's first time to be nominated for a coveted IFTA, and the actress, whose character had an affair with gang leader Nidge in the fourth series of the show, said she has "no expectations" of winning.

"I'm delighted to be in the mix, so I can't even hope beyond that," she told the Herald.


Fellow nominee Charlie was among the first to congratulate her co-star

Mary said there will be no competition between the two as she has tipped Charlie for retaining her crown.

"She's a fabulous person and actress and it's so lovely to see her doing so well," she said.

Mary, who is currently starring in the play Chancers, credited her co-stars and the "beautifully written" script for allowing her to show off her acting talent.

"Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was a huge help, and it's really down to the production and the actors you're working with, so luckily it all fell into place for me," she said.

While Mary will face Charlie in her category, another Love/Hate first-time nominee, Kelly Thornton, is gearing up to face her mentor, movie star Saoirse Ronan.