Thursday 20 June 2019

Irish actress Laura Donnelly was the breakout star from the Tony Awards red carpet

Laura Donnelly applies her lipstick before stepping into the press room for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly applies her lipstick before stepping into the press room for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jordan Roth (L) and Laura Donnelly attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards Gala After Party at The Plaza Hotel on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
Laura Donnelly attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
Beth Leavel attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish actress Laura Donnelly emerged as the breakout star at this year's Tony Awards.

The 36-year-old from Belfast attended as part of her contributions to The Ferryman, a play which tells the tale of a former IRA man in rural Co Armagh during The Troubles. She was nominated in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category and while she didn't walk away with a statue, she was honoured on-stage when her partner, writer Jez Butterworth lovingly thanked her.

Writers from this year's biggest plays were given a few minutes at various moments throughout the show to share a little bit about their play, but he went off script to praise Donnelly instead, saying “I don’t care if you see my play or not, I’m just gonna talk."

It wasn't just her nomination and tribute that ensured she dominated the post-awards coverage, but her breathtaking dress for one of the biggest moments of her career.

Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Donnelly was dressed the part as she arrived to this year's ceremony n an off the shoulder purple gown trimmed with intricately placed tulle by Marchesa, put together by stylist Zadrian Smith.

And she wasn't the only one representing Ireland on the red carpet as American actress Beth Leaval chose a custom design by Kerryman Don O'Neill's THEIA line.

The gown was hand embroidered with over a million sparkling poly chrome sequins in shades of charcoal, jet and silver.

As has become tradition in recent years, an increasing amount of Hollywood A-listers, fresh from their stints on Broadway, flocked to New York's Radio City Music Hall for American theatre's most prestigious awards.

Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Sienna Miller, Emily Ratajkowski and Tina Fey were in attendance, as was while Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson and Tom Sturridge of Sea Wall / A Life.

The undisputed king of 2019's awards season Billy Porter brought his signature style in the form of a pink tulle suit-gown combination by Celestino Couture. He told the Hollywood Reporter that the "gender-fluid evening suit" was representative of female reproductive organs in a pro-choice statement.

For all the most talked about looks from this year's Tony Awards, see the gallery below:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson and Tom Sturridge attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson and Tom Sturridge attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laurie Metcalf attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Kristin Chenoweth attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Samira Wiley attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Bee Shaffer Carrozzini and Anna Wintour attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Kristin Chenoweth attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Ryan Murphy attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Anais Mitchell attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Emily Ratajkowski attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson and Tom Sturridge attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jane Krakowski attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Audra McDonald attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Danai Gurira attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Danai Gurira attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jawan M. Jackson attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Benanti attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Thalía attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Rachel Brosnahan and Rachel Sussman attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Laura Donnelly attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Michael Kors and Emily Ratajkowski attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Emily Ratajkowski attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Billy Porter and Josh Groban attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Hamish Bowles attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Sienna Miller attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Jordan Roth (L) and Laura Donnelly attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards Gala After Party at The Plaza Hotel on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
Sienna Miller attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
73rd Annual Tony Awards - Arrivals - New York, U.S., 09/06/2019 - Billy Porter. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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