Irish actress and The Fall star Aisling Franciosi named one of Europe’s best acting talents
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Irish actress and The Fall star Aisling Franciosi named one of Europe’s best acting talents

IRISH actress Aisling Franciosi, who appeared opposite Jamie Dornan in The Fall, has been named as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming acting talents.

The 25-year-old was chosen by a jury of experts as one of European Film Promotion’s 10 Shooting Stars tipped to crack the international film scene.

Franciosi will be presented along with the other nine actors at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2019.

The actress, who also appeared in Game of Thrones, will soon be seen in period thriller The Nightingale.

'Great acting range'

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“Aisling Franciosi forms a powerful symbiosis with her character in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, thus revealing great acting range and superb instincts, as well as profound sensitivity and intelligence in the way she interprets a scene,” said the jury.

“Her physical transformation is exceptional, morphing spectacularly into Joan of Arc from a young and fragile woman, all the while masterfully and carefully controlling her performance.”

Franciosi said it was an honour to be selected, as she follows in the footsteps of Irish actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga.

'Surreal'

“I am so thrilled and consider it a great honour to be chosen as a Shooting Star — particularly by such a jury,” she said.

“Actors I really admire have been selected as a Shooting Star in the past, so it feels a little surreal!

“I owe so much to the people I have been lucky enough to work with from the beginning, but particularly to Jennifer Kent who took a chance on me and trusted me with The Nightingale.

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“It’s a role and a project I will never forget. It’s a film I will always be proud of.”