A heart-stopping performance. ❤️ Congratulations to @mescal_paul on his #Emmys nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. #NormalPeople pic.twitter.com/6DV3GS50gS
— Normal People (@normalpeople) July 28, 2020
The very popular show Normal People has received four Emmy nominations across categories for acting, directing, writing and casting.
The show features a number of Trinity College Dublin alumni both on-screen and behind the scenes, including writer Sally Rooney, whose novel the show is adapted from.
Maynooth GAA star Paul Mescal has been nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his lead role as Connell Waldron.
The 24-year-old Kildare man graduated from the Lir Academy at Trinity with a BA in Acting in 2017.
He is up for the top acting gong alongside luminaries Jeremy Irons for Watchmen, Hugh Jackman for Bad Education, Jeremy Pope for Hollywood, and Mark Ruffalo for I Know This Much Is True.
Another Trinity collge man, for which the show provided such a huge boon, Lenny Abrahamson has been nominated for outstanding directing for a limited series.
Sally Rooney and Alice Birth have been nominated for outstanding writing for a limited series, while Louise Kiely is nominated for outstanding casting for a limited series.
Element Pictures tweeted:
Overjoyed that #NormalPeople received an incredible 4 #Emmy noms, including Outstanding Lead Actor in A Limited Series, Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series & Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series. Massive congrats to team!🎉🍾 pic.twitter.com/ganRe69jiT
— Element Pictures (@ElementPictures) July 28, 2020
Another Irish actor in the form of Dubliner Andrew Scott has been nominated for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his role in the television series Black Mirror.
Normal People follows Trinity students Connell and Marianne from secondary school to graduation as they navigate the ups and downs of college life and young romance.
Parts of the show were filmed on Trinity’s campus in July 2019, including in the Ussher and Berkeley Libraries, the Arts Building, and Front Square.
The BBC has commissioned another series from the team behind Normal People based on Rooney’s debut novel Conversations with Friends.