Normal People actor selected for European award

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Fionn O'Shea as Jamie in Normal People.
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Normal People actor Fionn O'Shea has been selected for the 24th edition of the European Shooting Stars.

The initiative, which aims to promote European acting talent, is presented by European Film Promotion (EFP).

O'Shea's selection follows Irish actors Ruth Negga, Domhnall Gleeson and Andrew Scott, who were selected for the award in 2006, 2011 and 2004 respectively.

O'Shea is the youngest of this year's 10 European actors, which also includes Germany's Albrecht Schuch who featured in System Crasher and Hungary's Natasa Stork, who played Vizy in Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time.

O'Shea is best known for his role as Jamie is the adaption of Sally Rooney's book, Normal People. He also feautres as Eddie in David Freyne's Dating Amber, and starred in the 2016 film, Handsome Devil.

Fionn O'Shea as Eddie, with co-star Lola Petticrew in Dating Amber.

O'Shea said he was "over the moon" to be selected as one of this year's Shooting Stars, adding it was "such a huge honour".

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"I feel so lucky to be in the company of all the brilliant actors this year, and to follow in the footsteps of heroes of mine from previous years.

"I am extremely grateful to Screen Ireland and to EFP for giving me such an amazing opportunity," O'Shea said.

The awards are normally presented as part of the Berlin Film Festival in February, but will instead take place online from February 23rd to 25th this year.

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