The sky’s the limit for brilliant Jessie

Carbon copy…Jessie admires one of the posters as her first cousin Brendan Fuller posed behind it at her arrive at Kerry Airport.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

GIFTED Killarney actress Jessie Buckley has scooped a prestigious British Independent Film Award (BiFA).

She won the most promising newcomer category for her lead role in the psychological thriller Beast. She brilliantly portrays a troubled woman, living in an isolated community, who finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Jessie: BiFA best newcomer

Jessie, the daughter of Tim Buckley and Marina Cassidy, is an accomplished actor, singer and musician who had graced the stage with Killarney Musical Society for a number of years – winning the AIMS Best Actress Award for Carousel – before the bright lights beckoned.

She got her big break with a string of stunning performances on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008 before she went on to grace the stage on the West End in a number of critically acclaimed drama performances.

Jessie, who will turn 29 this month, enhanced her already huge reputation in a BBC adaptation of War and Peace before playing starring roles in Taboo, The Last Post and The Woman in White.

She was previously nominated in the Rising Star category at the IFTA Film and Drama Awards. Previous winners of that accolade include another Killarney star, Michael Fassbender as well as Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan.

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