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Ballycastle's Ronan Hill wins his third Emmy award for work on Game of Thrones

A team from Game of Thrones, including Ronan Hill (far right) posing with their Emmy awards in Los Angeles. Picture by Richard Shotwell, Invision/Associated Press

A CO Antrim man has won his third Primetime Emmy for his work on Game of Thrones.

Ronan Hill, from Ballycastle, won a gong for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Mr Hill has worked on all 60 episodes of the fantasy drama series which is mainly filmed in Northern Ireland.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Hill said he was thrilled by the award.

"It's amazing to be part of one of the biggest shows in the world," he said.

"This award is a tribute to my hard working team and the highly professional and talented local and international production team and crew.

"Game of Thrones has put us on the map, not only show casing the natural beauty of our surrounding landscape but setting out the stall for Northern Ireland as a centre for excellence in film and television drama production."

Mr Hill's brother Conleth Hill has a starring role in Game of Thrones as eunuch and courtier Varys.

The fantasy series was the big winner at Saturday's awards, taking nine wins from 23 nominations in total - the most of any series this year.

Belfast actor Conleth Hill, centre, with Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, in a scene from season six of Game of Thrones

Belfast-based casting director Carla Stronge won the Casting For a Drama Series award for her work on Game of Thrones.

Pamela Smyth, from east Belfast, was among the show's makeup artists who won the award for Makeup For A Single-Camera Series.

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