Irish stars are smiling: Talent cleans up at Sky South Bank awards

Irish stars cleaned up at the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London over the weekend.

‘Chernobyl’ actress Jessie Buckley (29), from Co Kerry, was honoured with the Times Breakthrough Award, presented by Charles Dance.

‘Derry Girls’ took home the comedy accolade and Irish co-produced ‘The Favourite’ triumphed in the film category.

Lenny Henry (60) was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement prize. The British comedian and actor said he was “ecstatic” to have been given the accolade, presented to him by Richard Curtis.

“This ceremony is particularly special as the awards celebrate the incredible spectrum of arts that the UK has to offer,” he said. “I’m very proud indeed to be honoured in this way.”

The awards – now in their 23rd year – celebrate dance, theatre, music, television, film, literature, opera and comedy.

Author Diana Evans won the prize for literature with her novel ‘Ordinary People’.

Other winners included Stephen Daldry’s production of ‘The Inheritance’ in the theatre category; English National Opera’s ‘Porgy And Bess’ for opera, ‘Pages Of The Sea’ by Danny Boyle for visual art; ‘A Very English Scandal’ for TV drama, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival for classical music.

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