Irish actor Paul Mescal nominated for an Emmy for Normal People 2 weeks ago

Irish actor Paul Mescal nominated for an Emmy for Normal People

Gwan Paul!

Irish actor Paul Mescal has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Best Lead Actor in Limited Series or Movie.

Mescal came to fame earlier this year when he starred in Hulu's Normal People, the 12-part dramatisation of the bestselling novel by Irish author Sally Rooney, which was broadcast in these parts on RTE and BBC. Mescal was widely praised for his performance and has since become something of a heartthrob following his jump to stardom.

Check out this chat with Paul Mescal and his Normal People co-stars right here.

If Mescal wins, he will become the first ever actor to collect his award while wearing a pair of O'Neill's GAA shorts (if he accepts this dare, that is). The 24-year-old is originally from Maynooth in Kildare, and graduated from Trinity College's Lír Academy.

The nominations were announced today (28 July), and Mescal is pitted against heavyweight names such as Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True), Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Jeremy Irons (Watchmen) and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood).

Unfortunately, the series itself was passed over in the Limited Series category, and Mescal's co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones didn't pick up a nomination in the corresponding category.

Normal People has secured four Emmy nominations in total, with Lenny Abrahamson also getting the nod for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series and Louise Kiely for Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series.

The 2020 Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, 21 September.

If you're suffering from serious Normal People withdrawal symptoms, here are the Irish stars of the show, including Emmy-nominated actor Paul Mescal (has a nice ring to it), picking their favourite moment of the series...