- 12 Dec 18
Irish actress Aisling Franciosi, who is probably best known for starring in The Fall and Game Of Thrones, has been awarded the prestigious 'European Shooting Star' prize at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga both received the same honour in the past.
The jury said they were impressed with Aisling's "great acting range and superb instincts" in The Nightingale, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival.
"I am so thrilled and consider it a great honour to be chosen as a Shooting Star - particularly by such a jury. Actors I really admire have been selected as a Shooting Star in the past, so it feels a little surreal!" said Aisling Franciosi.
"I owe so much to the people I have been lucky enough to work with from the beginning, but particularly to Jennifer Kent who took a chance on me and trusted me with The Nightingale. It’s a role and a project I will never forget. It’s a film I will always be proud of."
— Aisling Franciosi (@AisFranciosi) September 7, 2018
Chief Executive Screen Ireland, James Hickey, said: "We are so proud that Aisling has been selected for this honour and that Ireland will be represented at the European Shooting Stars in Berlin this year.
"Ruth Negga and Domhnall Gleeson both received this honour in the past and have gone on to have very successful careers.
"I have no doubt that Aisling’s star will continue to rise. She is an incredibly talented actress and we at Screen Ireland are delighted to be able to support this initiative."
— Aisling Franciosi (@AisFranciosi) December 11, 2018
Oh yas! ✨
Huge love to the #TheNightingale team.
I am so proud.
To be awarded the Special Jury Prize and see our wonderful director accept and speak so eloquently was a joy. To have… https://t.co/yW5ufazfpv
— Aisling Franciosi (@AisFranciosi) September 9, 2018