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Irish talent, including Bad Sisters, among nominations for 2023 Emmys

Sharon Horgan (third from left) in Bad Sisters. Picture: Apple TV
Sharon Horgan (third from left) in Bad Sisters. Picture: Apple TV

DUBLIN-set comedy drama series Bad Sisters has earned three nominations for the 2023 Emmy Awards.

The Emmys ceremony, considered the TV equivalent to the Oscars, will take place in Los Angeles in September and this year's crop of nominations has seen Irish talent shortlisted in several categories.

Bad Sisters, which was filmed in Ireland and is available on the Apple TV streaming service, was developed by Irish comedian and writer Sharon Horgan.

The 52-year-old star, who grew up in Co Meath, has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category, where she faces competition from performers including Bella Ramsey, who appears in HBO hit The Last of Us, and The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss.

Bad Sisters tells the story of five Dublin siblings who plot to kill one of their abusive husbands, and is one of the most popular series currently available on the Apple TV service.

Ms Horgan was also nominated in the Best Writing for a Drama Series category alongside fellow Bad Sisters writers Dave Finkel and Brett Baer.

Irish director Dearbhla Walsh received a nomination in the Best Directing for a Drama Series category for her work on the show, which will return for a second series.

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Ms Walsh won an Emmy in 2009 for her work on an adaptation of the Charles Dickins novel Little Dorrit.

Bad Sisters has also been shortlisted in the Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series category.

Meanwhile, Co Wexford's Declan Lowney has named among this year's contenders for Best Directing for a Comedy Series.

The nomination was for his work directing Apple TV soccer comedy Ted Lasso.

The finale of the third and likely final season of the show, which stars Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham, aired in May, and the series won four Emmy's at last year's ceremony, including for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Mr Lowney was previously best known for his directing work on Channel 4's Father Ted.

Other shows to earn multiple nominations for 2023 include HBO drama Succession, starring Brian Cox, and The Last of Us, for which star Pedro Pascla was named among Outstanding Lead Actor hopefuls.

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was also nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor shortlist for his performance in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.