29 July 2020 18:41
Paul is Irish, not British (Picture: David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock) Paul Mescal has reminded everyone going into awards season that he is Irish through and through. The Normal People actor has indirectly called out publications incorrectly labelling him as British after his Emmys nomination. A number of websites and newspapers included the 24-year-old in their lists of British nominees, alongside stars like Jodie Comer and Olivia Colman. And Mescal, who was born in Co Kildare, has corrected everybody who made the error. He simply tweeted: 'I'm Irish' – and fans applauded him for calling out the errors.
Mescal was born and brought up in Maynooth, Co Kildare, and played under-21s Gaelic football for the county before pursuing acting. Iâm Irish. — Paul Mescal (@mescal_paul) July 29, 2020 While he starred in critically-acclaimed productions of The Plough And The Stars and A Midsummer's Night Dream, Mescal's biggest TV role was in an ad for Denny's sausages in Ireland. Advertisement That is, until he was cast as Connell in the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Sally Rooney's bestselling novel Normal People. The 12-part series, which aired on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Hulu in the States, became a global hit and made stars out of Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, who played Marianne. And proving that Mescal may be the only person who has had a good lockdown, the rollercoaster has culminated in an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie. Normal People landed four Emmys nominations (Picture: Element Pictures/Enda Bowe) The star faces off against Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) and Jeremy Irons (Watchmen), while Normal People is also up for outstanding directing for a limited series for Lenny Abrahamson, outstanding writing for Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, and outstanding casting for Louise Kiely. However, Edgar-Jones was snubbed from the shortlist, and her co-star praised the actress while celebrating his first nomination. Paul wrote on social media: 'Thank you to absolutely everyone at @ElementPictures,@hulu and @bbcthree! @lennyabrahamson I will never be able to thank you enough! '@DaisyEdgarJones this only exists because of you and your extraordinary talent it's as simple as that!' The Emmys will take place on 21 September. Normal People is available to stream on iPlayer. MORE: The Umbrella Academy season 2 opening scene sees the Hargreeves siblings team up on the battlefield MORE: Sarah Ferguson has 'filmed a pilot for Strictly Come Dancing but with horses'