BBC Apologises To Paul Mescal Over Nationality Error

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The BBC have apologised to Irish actor Paul Mescal after they got his nationality wrong.

After being nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at this Year's Academy Awards, a broadcaster who was covering the Oscar nominations referred to Paul Mescal as "British".

“2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role", the text read.

Paul Mescal is in fact a native of Maynooth, county Kildare in the Republic of Ireland, and not British.

The corporation have since apologised to the Normal People star, releasing this statement.

“In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role. The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake", they said. 

Paul Mescal was nominated for the accolade for his role in Aftersun, in a week which saw Irish actors Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, Kerry Condon all nominated for roles in the Banshees of Inisherin, directed by fellow Oscar nominated writer Martin McDonagh.

It has also been reported that Mescal is to reprise his role as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire in London's West End later this year. 


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