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26th Jan 2023

BBC apologises after Paul Mescal blunder in Oscar coverage

Stephen Porzio

It happened again

The BBC has issued an apology after referring to Irish actor Paul Mescal as “British”.

During the Oscar nominations earlier this week – in which Irish talent was very well-represented in general – Mescal earned a Best Actor nod for his performance in the indie drama Aftersun.

Nominated in the category alongside British actor Bill Nighy for his turn in Living, BBC News said in text appearing onscreen: “2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role”.


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Following criticism of the Normal People star being incorrectly claimed as British, the BBC issued the following apology: “In text running across the screen, we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.

“The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.”

The BBC apology follows another incident involving the actor back in 2020 when the actor was forced to declare his nationality.

In July of that year, when Normal People and Fleabag were hugely successful, Mescal and Andrew Scott were both dubbed as British in various media outlets when they were nominated for Emmy Awards, despite Mescal being from Maynooth in Kildare and Scott being a native Dub.

For those in any doubt, Mescal has previously made it very clear what is nationality is.

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