Young Offenders’ Chris Walley nominated for prestigious Oilvier Award

The black comedy, which also starred Aiden Gillen, is the second play in McDonagh’s Aran Islands Trilogy.

Young Offenders’ Chris Walley nominated for prestigious Oilvier Award

Chris Walley has been nominated for an Olivier Award.

The Cork-born actor, best known for playing Jock O’Keefe in The Young Offenders, is up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s play, The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

The black comedy, which also starred Aiden Gillen, is the second play in McDonagh’s Aran Islands Trilogy; others include The Banshees of Inisheer and The Cripple of Inishmaan, which is currently playing at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.

The 23-year-old was controversially nominated for a ‘breakthrough Brit’ award at last year’s BAFTAs - an initiative, designated to support Britain’s rising starlets, despite being born and raised in Glanmire, Cork.

Kerry woman, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly was also nominated.

Responding to the prestigious nomination, Walley tweeted: “haha! I’m delighted”.

Over the years the play has been produced twice in the West End and on Broadway, where it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

The most recent run opened in London's Noel Coward Theatre on July 4 and run until September 8, 2018.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, April 7.

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