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Thursday 21 September 2017

Actress Antonia Scoops Top Festival Award

AN Irish actress has bagged a prestigious Shooting Star award at an international film festival in Berlin.

Antonia Campbell Hughes, from Northern Ireland, landed the honour at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival in Germany.

The recognition gong sees the 29-year-old follow the likes of James bond star Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, as well as Irish stars Domhnall Gleeson, Love/Hate's Ruth Negga and The Tudors actress Sarah Bolger, to be celebrated for her soaring career overseas.

Antonia won out over a long list of hopefuls from over 25 European countries to be selected for the Shooting Star title and will be showcased for two days at the Festival, which runs from February 9 to 19.

The budding superstar, who has appeared in features such as The Other Side Of Sleep and recently released Hollywood hit Albert Nobbs, was given the nod from the European Film Promotion (EFP) jury.

Last year she was shortlisted as a nominee for the award at the eighth Annual Irish Film and Television Awards and now the talented Irish export has received critical praise for her work in The Other Side Of Sleep abroad and has been hailed as "haunting", while being "seductively minimalistic but demonstrates magnificent charisma at the same time" by the EFP jury.

The petite blonde's portrayal in the flick sees her take on the role of a chronic sleepwalker called Arlene, who is drawn to the family of a murdered girl.

No doubt all eyes will be on the pretty blonde when she receives her award at a lavish ceremony at the Berlinale Palast next month.

The starlet, who has been acting since 2004 after making noise in the fashion industry as a designer, is best known in the UK as Sam Spleen, daughter of Rick Spleen, played by Jack Dee, in BBC's popular comedy series Lead Balloon.

Following its massive success, Antonia enjoyed her own one-man show Bluebell Welch for MTV.

Last December, Antonia saw her name in lights next to Hollywood veteran Glenn Close, in the story of Albert Nobbs, a film that explores gender roles and is set in the 19th century.

labutler@herald.ie

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