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Chris O'Dowd has been nominated for a Tony Award

The Irish actor received a Best Leading Actor nomination for his role in Of Mice And Men.

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice And Men
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice And Men

CHRIS O’DOWD has been nominated for a prestigious Tony Award for his role in the Broadway play Of Mice And Men.

The actor today received a Best Leading Actor in a Play nomination for his portrayal of Lennie in the latest stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel.

The Boyle native has been given many plaudits for his complex performance of the character, with the Wall Street Journal saying he “upstaged” his co-star James Franco.

His wife, Dawn O’Porter, is naturally delighted for him:

O’Dowd will be going up against Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, who was nominated for his portrayal of former US President Lyndon B Johnson in All The Way.

Elsewhere, Outisde Mullingar, starring Debra Messing (and her awful Irish accent) and Brian F O’Byrne of Love/Hate has been nominated for Best Play.

outsidemullingar Source: Outside Mullingar

The Daniel Radcliffe-lead revival of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan nabbed a Best Revival of a Play nomination – and Irish actress Sarah Greene, who plays Helen McCormick in the play, got a Best Supporting Actress nod.

The director of The Cripple of Inishmaan, Martin Grandage, is up for Best Direction of a Play.

Broadway Opening Night of The Cripple Of Inishmaan Sarah Greene, Daniel Radcliffe and Pat Shortt in The Cripple of Inishmaan Source: Greg Allen/AP

And four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris is himself up for an award for his performance as Hedwig in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday 8 June – you can read the full list of nominees here.

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