Paul Mescal responds to media claims he is ‘British’

Normal People star Paul Mescal has responded to some media outlets describing him as "British".

Many media outlets in Britain claimed the actor as one of their own when reporting on his Emmy nomination.

It caused controversy among fans in Ireland, and the Kildare actor and star of Normal People has now responded by simply tweeting "I'm Irish".

Major UK outlets, including the Guardian and the Daily Mail, had described the actor as British.

The Guardian also included Irish actor Andrew Scott, known for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock and as a priest in the British series Fleabag, in their roundup of “British” talent.

Lead actor Mescal was nominated alongside director Lenny Abrahamson, writers Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, and casting director Louise Kiely for Normal People’s four Emmy Nominations.

Over 300,000 people tuned into the series in Ireland alone during lockdown.

The winners are due to be revealed on September 21st.

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