Meath will have a representative of sorts at tonight's British Academy Film Awards with Jessie Buckley nominated for the Rising Star Award for her role in 'Beast'. Although Jessie (29) was born raised in Kerry her mother Marina Cassidy hails from Kilmainhamwood. Marina, who is a celebrated harpist and vocalist, has won many awards throughout her career, including the Irish Vocal Heritage Award 2000, gold medals at Feis Ceol, and the Alec Redshaw Trophy for best classical song recital. In 2012, she gained a Fellowship of The Guild of Musicians and Singers in the UK. She also holds a Diploma with Distinction in Singing Performance from The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in the UK and in Harp Teaching from Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Daughter Jessie first came to international notice when she came second in the 2008 BBC talent show I’d Do Anything, the search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a London West End stage revival of the musical Oliver!. She later played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in January 2013.
Recently, Buckley starred as Marya Bolkonskaya in BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace, as Lorna Bow in Taboo, as Honor Martin in The Last Post, and as Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White.
Recently Buckley also won Most Promising Newcomer for the lead role in the psychological thriller Beast at the British Independent Film Awards where she was also nominated for best actress for the role.
Her latest movie is Wild Rose' as Rose-Lynn Harlan, bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth.
Dublin actor Barry Keoghan is also nominated for the Rising Star award.
The EE Rising Star Award is the only award at the EE British Academy Film Awards voted for by the public.
The award honours a performer who has shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and film industry.