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Irish actor Brendan Gleeson to host Saturday Night Live for the first time

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson to host iconic US TV comedy show Saturday Night Live

Award-winning Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is to host the iconic US TV comedy show Saturday Night Live next month.

The 67-year-old Dublin-born star, who is an Emmy award winner, will make his SNL debut on October 8.

The show, which will be the second of its 48th season, will see Gleeson joined by Willow, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who will make her debut as musical guest.

Former Irish hosts include Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Saoirse Ronan.

Traditionally, the guest host of the show is also involved in the writing of their monologue and the sketches.

Gleeson, who is best known for movies including The Guard, In Bruges, Paddington 2 and Harry Potter, will next appear in cinemas opposite fellow Irish man Colin Farrell in Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin.

The Oscar-tipped film, which is a recent winner at the Venice International Film Festival, also stars Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

The movie, which is set is set during the Irish Civil War in 1923, follows the vicious falling out of two lifelong friends on a small island off the coast of West Ireland.

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