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Irish stars amongst television BAFTA nominees

Siobhán McSweeney has received a BAFTA TV nomination for her role as Sister Michael in Derry Girls
Jenny Lee

Derry Girls has received three nominations for this year’s BAFTA Television Awards.

The hit sitcom, which concluded last May with an hour-long special episode,  set during the 1998 Good Friday Agreement referendum, is shortlisted in the Scripted Comedy category.

It’s creator Lisa McGee is nominated for Writer: Comedy, whilst Cork actress  Siobhán McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in the series, is shortlisted for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.

Other Irish stars receiving BAFTA TV nominations include Anne-Marie Duff, Sharon Horgan,Cillian Murphy, Graham Norton, and Fiona Shaw.

The Apple TV+black comedy Bad Sisters, set in Dublin,received multiple nominations, including for Drama Series, Supporting Actress for Anne-Marie Duff - born and Director: Fiction for Dearbhla Walsh.

Cillian Murphy is among the nominees for Leading Actor for his role as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders
The comedy-drama The Dry, starring Belfast actors Ciarán Hinds and Roisin Gallagher, earned it’s writer-creator Nancy Harris a nomination.

This year’s BAFTA TV ceremony will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan on May 14.

The BBC series This Is Going to Hurt and The Responder lead the nominations with six each.

For a full-list of nominees visit