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Niamh gets nod for independent film awards gong


Award-winning Mullingar actress Niamh Algar

Award-winning Mullingar actress Niamh Algar

Award-winning Mullingar actress Niamh Algar

Niamh Algar is in the running to be named the Most Promising Newcomer 2020 in the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

The Mullingar actress has been included in a list for her role as a desperate mother trying to protect her son from violence in Calm With Horses.

Algar will have to wait until February to see if she wins as the awards ceremony, traditionally held at the end of the year, has been postponed because of the Covid crisis.

She is joined in BIFA's New Talent long lists other Calm With Horses colleagues.

Director Nick Rowland is in the running for Best Debut Director, Joseph Murtagh is up for Best Debut Screenwriter and Daniel Emmerson is nominated for Breakthrough Producer.

The lists feature 46 actors, directors and producers who will join BIFA's Springboard scheme, which offers them support in their careers.


Algar is becoming a household name after winning rave reviews for her role in Channel 4's The Virtues.

She also stars in an upcoming Guy Ritchie movie, Cash Truck.

She was seen recently in Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama Raised by Wolves.

She shot to prominence in the 2017 film Without Name before winning the Best Supporting Actress gong at the IFTAs (2017) for The Drummer and the Keeper.

Her role opposite Barry Keoghan in Calm With Horses won her a Best Supporting Actress IFTA this year. On the night she also won for Actress in a Leading Role Drama for The Virtues.

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