Antonia finally feels accepted at home with a nod from IFTA
ACTRESS Antonia Campbell Hughes has revealed she finally feels accepted in her home country, after landing an IFTA nomination.
The 29-year-old told the Herald that she has spent years trying to get recognised in the Irish film industry and that the nod is a massive compliment.
"It means an awful lot to me and it's a really big thing to be recognised in your own country.
"I started my career in the UK and it took a long time to be welcomed into the fold here.
"It's like being welcomed to the club now and I very much appreciate it," she added.
Antonia is up for the Best Actress in a Lead Role Film for her performance in The Other Side of Sleep.
She will go head to head with Saoirse Ronan, Aoife Duffin and Marcella Plunkett for the title of 2012.
It was a close call for the actress, who feared she may not be able to attend the ceremony at the Convention Centre due to overlapping events here and in Germany.
But the London-based starlet, who recently featured alongside Glenn Close in the story of Albert Nobbs, insisted she take her seat at the Irish film celebration.
"I've been fighting to go to it and it's been agreed now that I can fly straight from the awards to Germany for the Berlin Festival thankfully."