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Actor James Martin presented with NI football jersey following Oscar movie win

Oscar winning James Martin, right, and Steven Davis. Picture from NI Football/Facebook
Suzanne McGonagle

JAMES Martin's Oscar success was celebrated at Windsor Park on Sunday night as he received a special gift from the Northern Ireland men's football team.

The Belfast actor was presented with his own NI football jersey following his success at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month.

The star of 'An Irish Goodbye' received the gift from NI football captain Steven Davis. It features his name and the number 23.

In a message posted on the NI football team Twitter page, it said: "You did Northern Ireland proud, James".

James, who plays Lorcan in the film which won the Oscar for best live action short film, was among around 18,000 fans who attended Northern Ireland's match against Finland at the Belfast venue.

He was also interviewed pitch-side at half-time.

It comes just days after it was confirmed that James had made it into the Guinness World Records by becoming the first leading man with Down Syndrome in an Oscar-winning film.

James, who turned 31 on the same day of the Oscars ceremony, said it was a "big honour".

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