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”.
Hahahah ! I'm delighted— Chris Walley (@WalleyChriss) March 5, 2019
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.