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Brian F. O’Byrne - Winner's Acceptance Speech, Supporting Actor, Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards in 2018

13 May 2018

Winner's acceptance speech by BrÍan F. O’Byrne in the Supporting Actor category

Thank you very much.  I can't believe I’m going to be one of those people who didn't prepare anything, but I am. 

Thank you, BAFTA.  Thank you for nominating me with the other wonderful actors.  And everyone I worked with knows that I love them.  I won't name them tonight.  Because it's kind of difficult to get an award to play somebody who is living and who is at home tonight, like the last night, for the last ten years, suffering grief for the loss of their child.

Thank you, Mel and Steve and Owen.  I would like to dedicate this to your young child, Rhys, who was tragically lost.

Thank you to the city of Liverpool for embracing the story, Kwadjo, Jeff for writing, my very good friend Paul, and Sinead and Stephen Graham, and the entire crew, who knew that they were dealing with something that was such a tragedy.

Yeah, thank you.  I'm in shock.  Thank you. Oh, and just at the end as well, on a personal thing, I would like to thank the staff of the Liverpool women's hospital for looking after my fellow Irish citizens who come there in distress daily, and the women who come over.  And thank you, Britain, for looking after our women in their time of need.

Thank you.