Normal People makes history at the IFTAs 5 months ago

Normal People makes history at the IFTAs

Unsurprising, really.

Normal People has made history at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), picking up an impressive nine accolades.


The 2020 series, based on the Sally Rooney novel of the same name, bagged nine awards in total at last night's event, surpassing Love/Hate for the most prizes won at the ceremony.

Among the wins were Paul Mescal for Best Actor, Sally Rooney for best screenplay, and Fionn O'Shea for Best Supporting Actor.

Following his win, a remote Paul Mescal said: "I am absolutely thrilled. It's amazing to be nominated with such fantastic actors. It has been a journey of over a year now that has utterly changed my life."

Elsewhere, Cartoon Saloon's Wolfwalkers picked up the award for Best Film, while the late Nika McGuigan was post-humously awarded the Best Actress prize for her role in movie, Wildfire.

Derry Girls' Nicola Coughlan was honoured with Rising Star award for her role in Netflix's Bridgerton, while Dating Amber picked up two awards, for Best Actor (Barry Ward) and Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Horgan).

You can find the full list of winners below:


Best Film

Director - Film
Cathy Brady - Wildfire

Script - Film
Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell - Herself

Lead Actor - Film
Gabriel Byrne - Death of a Ladies Man

Lead Actress - Film
Nika McGuigan - Wildfire


Supporting Actor - Film
Barry Ward - Dating Amber

Supporting Actress - Film
Sharon Horgan - Dating Amber

Rising Star
Nicola Coughlan

Best Drama
Normal People


Director - Drama
Lenny Abrahamson - Normal People

Script - Drama
Sally Rooney - Normal People

Lead Actor - Drama
Paul Mescal - Normal People

Lead Actress - Drama
Dervla Kirwan - Smother


Supporting Actor - Drama
Fionn O'Shea - Normal People

Supporting Actress - Drama
Sarah Greene - Normal People

Feature Documentary
Breaking Out

Short Film

Short Animation
Her Song

Kate McCullough - Normal People

Leonie Prendergast - Gretel & Hansel

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle - Misbehaviour

Production Design
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen - Normal People

Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady & Niall O'Sullivan - Normal People

Make Up & Hair
Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne - Gretel & Hansel

Aza Hand - Son

Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Kidding