Belfast actor reflects on long career as he is widely praised for his latest role

A Belfast actor says that he is "busier than ever" as he reflects on a career that has seen him work with huge stars such as Michael Fassbender, Paul Mescal and Liam Neeson.

Lalor Roddy has been a firm presence on the Irish acting scene for decades working in theatres across the island as well as in front of the camera where he has worked alongside some of the biggest names in show business.

He has recently featured in the new dark-comedy film about Belfast rap artists KNEECAP, where he worked again with Michael Fassbender with the pair having previously shared the screen in the film Hunger, which details Bobby Sands' final days on hunger strike in 1981.

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However, he is very excited about the release of his new project, based on the last novel written by the great Irish writer John McGahern, That They May They Face the Rising Sun, and he believes it could be one of the best performances of his long career.

He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the IFTA awards for his role in the film, with it going on to win the top honour of Best Film at the awards.

Speaking about his nomination at the IFTA awards, Lalor said that it was an honour to be up against the very best actors in Ireland and has high hopes for the new film, That They May They Face the Rising Sun, which has also received nominations across six different categories.

Lalor said: "The response that we have had so far to the film has been incredible and if it to take home the big prize of Best Film was incredible after all of the hard work by cast and crew and we are looking forward to its official release this week at the Queen's Film Theatre on April 25.

"It is a huge honour to have been nominated alongside some of the very best actors in Ireland at the IFTA awards and I am glad that other colleagues working on the film have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the project."

Over the years Lalor has worked alongside some huge names such as Liam Neeson, Daniel Craig and Paul Mescal, which he says has been an honour.

Lalor continued: "I have been blessed to have worked with some of the best actors around over the years and I have been able to see first hand the dedication that they put into their craft.

"One of my most challenging roles was in God's Children alongside Emily Watson and Paul Mescal where I played a grandfather suffering from dementia. There wasn't much speaking involved in the role but it was very tough to get into the mindset of having such a condition, knowing the impacts that it has had on countless families in Ireland.

"Going from that role straight into filming one that was very high energy was quite a contrast but I enjoy working in complex roles that help you understand the lives of others and the difficulties that they are going through."

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