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Brendan is up for top movie award

Brendan Gleeson has been nominated for a European Film Award for his performance in the dark comedy Calvary.

Gleeson (59) was nominated in the category of Best European Actor for his acclaimed portrayal of Fr James Lavelle, a performance that has already won him the 2014 IFTA Best Actor.

The European Film Awards will be held on December 13 in Riga, which is this year's European Capital of Culture.

Gleeson and fellow Irish actor Michael Fassbender have also got the nod for the British Independent Film Awards.

The accolades recognise the work of Irish and British actors, directors and producers involved in the film industry.

Jack O'Connell, the star of tense drama 71, has been nominated in the Best Actor category.

He will go head to head with Gleeson for his portrayal of troubled priest Fr James in John Michael McDonagh's Calvary.

Fassbender's depiction of papier mache-loving musician Frank in Lenny Abrahamson's eccentric indie flick of that name earned him a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Fans will next see Gleeson on the big screen next year in The Heart of the Sea, which also stars Cillian Murphy and Chris Hemsworth.


But before that he will take to the stage with his sons Brian and Domhnall.

The family trio will star in The Walworth Farce at the Gaiety Theatre from January 10 to February 8.

"To do this with the two lads is now the focus of my year," said Gleeson.

"It will be exhilarating and challenging in equal measure for myself and the boys - a special time."