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Wednesday 22 November 2017

It's next stop the Oscars for Fassbender as he's named actor of the year by critics

IRISH star Michael Fassbender has been named the UK critics' favourite actor of the year.

The Kerryman beat tough competition to take the crown of Actor Of The Year for his role in sex drama Shame and psychological drama A Dangerous Method.

Fassbender was up against fellow Irishman Brendan Gleeson and movie greats Gary Oldman and Tom Cullen.

The actor is now tipped to be on the path to Oscar glory.

Fassbender was born in Heidelberg in Germany but was only a toddler when his parents Josef and Adele, who was originally from Antrim, moved to Killarney where his father took up a job in a hotel.

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Michael and his older sister Catherine attended a local school in the town of Fossa, a pretty village by the lakes just a few miles outside the town.

The Hollywood star picked up several talents as he was growing up - learning the accordion and playing football with Fossa GAA Club.

And despite his rising fame, Fassbender hasn't forgotten his roots and returned home over the Christmas period.

Last night, he walked the red carpet with his Shame co-star Carey Mulligan, who was also nominated for a London Film Critics Awards, while silent movie The Artist cleaned up on the night, picking up three gongs.

Fassbender (34) has been impressing critics with his brooding intensity but it is his role as Brandon Sullivan, a sex addict who is driven to prostitutes and porn to sate his desires that has grabbed their attention.

And Fassbender admitted that the role in Shame was one of his most challenging to date.

"I must admit, I initially thought it might be fun. You hear 'sex,' and you think ... sex!" he said.

"But this was definitely the hardest job I've done. I can usually shake a character off, but I couldn't shake Brandon."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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