Brendan Gleeson: beat Oscar contenders Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall to the prize of best actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott, Irish performers of different generations, have taken the two male acting prizes at the Moët British Independent Fil(...)

Irish actor Andrew Scott  will play the character of Denbigh - a Whitehall boss - in the new James Bond film, Spectre. He won’t be playing a villain, as many had initially expected.  Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA 2:30

Irish actor Andrew Scott is to star in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Details of Spectre were announced on Thursday at Pinewood Studios, outside Lo(...)

A film about the gay community’s support for strikers during the 1984 UK miners’ dispute sounds like a worthwhile project. The news that Matthew Warch(...)

Eight years after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach, unstoppable director, and Paul Laverty, his regula(...)

Larkin about: Ken Loach in Cannes. “I’ve been involved in every attempt to gather together a united left.  If you can unite all that discontent you would have a big movement” 2:53

The National Front tops the European Parliament vote in France. Golden Dawn win 10 per cent of the same vote in Greece. Lega Nord win 6 per cent in It(...)

Review: Jimmy’s Hall

In Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the winner here at Cannes in 2006, Sir John Hamilton, an Anglo-Irish squire, warns the revolutionaries(...)

James Franco (left) and Chris O’Dowd in a scene from ‘Of Mice and Men’. Photograph: AP Photo/Polk & Co/Richard Phibbs

It has been quite a week for Irish actors. Domhnall Gleeson secured a role in JJ Abrams’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and on Broadway Chris O’Dow(...)

Andrew Scott (right) with Stag co-star Hugh O’Conor: “Comedy is hard. Most acting is about ambiguity. Comedy has no room for ambiguity. It’s making 700 people in a cinema laugh”

Andrew Scott doesn’t do a lot of interviews. And once you meet him, you start to get an inkling why. It’s not that he isn’t clever or witty or fun.(...)

The Stag 1:59
The Stag

The folk behind this very agreeable comedy have politely batted aside any suggestions that it might be “an Irish T(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)