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Brían F. O'Byrne acknowledged the Eighth Amendment in his powerful BAFTA acceptance speech

The actor also wore a ‘Tá’ badge.

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LAST NIGHT, IRISH actor Brían F. O’Byrne took home a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in the series Little Boy Blue.

Little Boy Blue was a four-part ITV drama telling the story of the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones, and how his death impacted the city of Liverpool. Brían, who has visibly shocked by his win, told the audience that he hadn’t prepared a speech.

O’Byrne began by saying that it was not easy to play his role in Little Boy Blue:

It’s difficult to get an award, to play somebody who is living and is at home tonight. Like they have been for the last ten years, suffering grief, the loss of their child. Thank you Mel and Steve and Owen, I’d like to dedicate this to your young child Rhys.

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Brían then took a moment to thank the NHS staff that have been looking after Irish women traveling for healthcare for the last 35 years.

Just at the end, as well, on a personal thing – I’d like to thank the staff at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital for looking after my fellow Irish citizens, who come there in distress, daily. Thank you Britain for looking after our women in their time of need.

Source: BAFTA/YouTube

Brían wasn’t the only Irish actor to show solidarity last night. Sharon Horgan shared a photograph of her daughter wearing a ‘Yes’ badge on her Instagram story last night, too.

PastedImage-18496 Source: The Morrigan/Twitter


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