The Daily Telegraph

Paul Mescal wrongly called British by BBC


The BBC has apologised for calling Irish actor Paul Mescal British during its Oscar nomination­s coverage.

On-screen text on the BBC News channel on Jan 24 stated that “British actors” Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy had been nominated for leading role.

After receiving 605 complaints, the broadcaste­r has apologised via its Correction­s and Clarificat­ions website.

Mescal, who was born in Maynooth, was nominated in the lead actor category for his performanc­e in the film Aftersun. He stars as a Scottish father on holiday with his daughter, played by Frankie Corio.

After his breakout performanc­e in Normal People in 2020, Mescal was widely reported as being British, and in response tweeted: “I’m Irish”.

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