O’Dowd over the Moone as plaudits roll in from both sides of the globe

Ireland’s hottest actor Chris O’Dowd showed he has the Midas touch yesterday as his semi-autobiographical sitcom Moone Boy received a string of nominations at the British Comedy Awards.

At almost the same time, his recent movie, The Sapphires, clocked up a cool dozen nominations at Australia’s answer to the Oscars.

The 33-year-old actor from Roscommon took to Twitter yesterday to express his delight at the success of his latest projects.

“What a fun 12 hours of nominations. Well done #MooneBoy & #Sapphires. Best get Tux to dry cleaners. What removes horse urine stains?” he tweeted to his 286,000 followers.

Meanwhile, his wife, Dawn Porter, also went on the social network site to talk about her pride in her husband, whose career has been on a skyward trajectory since he starred in Bridesmaids two years ago.

“Wowzer, nominations coming in thick and fast. I had better start treating him with some respect! Well done to my very clever husband, and ALL the cast and crew of Moone Boy #comedyawardnominations #WAHOOOOOO,” she tweeted.

O’Dowd is nominated for best actor for his lead role in the feelgood movie The Sapphires at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Irish schoolboy David Rawle, who stars in Moone Boy as Chris O’Dowd’s 11-year-old self, was the surprise nomination as breakthrough artist of the year at the British Comedy Awards.

The TV show, loosely based on O’Dowd’s childhood, was shot in his hometown of Boyle earlier in the year.

The six-parter, set in 1989, follows the adventures of Martin Moone, played by Rawle, and imaginary friend, Sean Murphy, played by O’Dowd.

The Leitrim boy, who had never had a TV role, was stunned when he landed the part earlier in the year after open auditions in Roscommon.

Moone Boy, which also features a cameo appearance from Steve Coogan, has also been nominated for Best New Comedy Programme.

O’Dowd and his TV presenter wife are finally off on honeymoon this week after tying the knot in London in an epic three-day ceremony at the end of August.

Having broken through in British workplace sitcom The IT Crowd, O’Dowd is set to show off his dancing skills when he stars as a salsa dancer in his next movie, Cuban Fury, alongside Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost.

As well as a recurring role in hit HBO show Girls, O’Dowd said he is shooting a new TV series for the US network with Spinal Tap’s Christopher Guest.

Meanwhile, Cork star Graham Norton has been nominated in the category of best comedy entertainment personality for his hit BBC chat show.


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