Killarney will have two eyes on the BAFTA awards

Jessie Buckley: BAFTA Rising Star Award nominee

GIFTED Killarney screen star Jessie Buckley is one of five nominees for this year’s prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award.

The 29-year-old earned hugely positive reviews for her performance in Beast and she also starred in the BBC’s 2016 TV adaptation of War and Peace.

The Killarney actress recently scooped a prestigious British Independent Film Award (BiFA) when she won the most promising newcomer category for her lead role in the psychological thriller Beast.

The daughter of Tim Buckley and Marina Cassidy, former Killarney Musical Society star Jessie first hit the headlines on the BBC show I’d Do Anything which saw Andrew Lloyd Webber seeking a Nancy for his West End production of Oliver! in 2008.

She will next appear as a country music singer in Wild Rose and she will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Ironbark.

Also nominated for the same category is Barry Keoghan who has strong Killarney connections as his girlfriend, Shona, is the daughter of John and Margaret Guerin from Beaufort.

Actor Barry Keoghan during a fundraiser for the homeless in Killarney with his girlfriend Shona Gueriin (right) and her sister Ciara who hail from Beaufort

The 26-year-old Dubliner has made a huge mark in the movie world with a string of power-packed performances in Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Trespass Against Us and Black 47.

He recently spent a night sleeping under the stars in Killarney, on a bitterly cold October night, in solidarity with and to raise funds for homeless people.

Black Panther star Letitia Wright, American rapper Lakeith Stanfield and theatre and film star Cyntia Erivo are also in the running for the award which forecasts hugely successful careers for young stars.

The shortlist is selected by a jury and the award is voted for by the public.

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