It’s a few weeks after An Cailín Ciúin was named as Ireland’s entry for next year’s Oscars and a few days before it’s announced as one of 30 movies recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards when I’m chatting to Andrew Bennett. Four months after the film’s release, it has fielded a clutch of festival prizes and an array of five-star reviews, and the “first and foremost stage actor” is getting his head around being recognised.

Any time I’ve been stopped in the street, it’s always been by nice people saying nice things. A few people will say, ‘Oh, I didn’t recognise you’, which I quite liked,” he says via video call after a rehearsal for his upcoming play.

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