Dungarvan’s Darling Dunford joins London’s Irish Film Festival

Irish Actor Moe Dunford new patron of the Irish Film Festival London

[20/08/19]

Leading Irish film and TV actor Moe Dunford is the new Patron of the Irish Film Festival London (IFFL), the world’s largest international Irish film festival.

Dunford, best-known for playing Aethelwulf in acclaimed TV series Vikings, is one of the rising stars of a new generation of Irish acting talent.

He announced his new role as Patron of the IFFL following his interview on RTE Radio’s Ryan Tubridy Show on Tuesday morning (20 August 2019).

The IFTA and EPF Shooting Star award winning Dungarvan actor joins Hollywood star Colin Farrell, Academy Award winning screenwriter and director Lenny Abrahamson and distinguished casting director Ros Hubbard as one of the patrons of Irish Film London (IFL), which produces the IFFL every year.

Moe Dunford said: "I’m delighted and very honoured to be asked to join the prestigious list of patrons for Irish Film London which has been successfully promoting Irish film talent in the UK for over nine years now. The IFL has helped to raise the profile of so many great Irish film makers, creatives and actors in the UK over the years.”

Irish Film Festival London patron Moe Dunford at the IFL  Handsome Devil  screening in London with author Matthew Todd, and co-stars Fionn O’Shea and Nick Galitzine

Irish Film Festival London patron Moe Dunford at the IFL Handsome Devil screening in London with author Matthew Todd, and co-stars Fionn O’Shea and Nick Galitzine

Now in its ninth year, Irish Film London presents the latest and greatest of Irish film and animation to UK audiences. Events include the film section of the St. Patrick's Day Festival with the Mayor of London, and the annual Irish Film London Awards, culminating in the five-day Irish Film Festival London in November each year.

Irish Film London Founder, Kelly O’Connor said: “Moe is a wonderful inspiration for anyone starting their career as an actor. He has worked so hard, and so consistently for many years, showing his dedication to the craft and the industry. We’ve also seen him champion many younger, or unknown filmmakers, making time for the smallest short films alongside his busy TV and feature shooting schedules. If ever there was a good example for the phrase, ‘He’s a credit to his mother’, it’s Moe.”

This year you can catch Moe in the Short Films programme, screening at the 9th Irish Film Festival London, 20th – 24th November, at Regent Street Cinema. He will also attend the annual Irish Film London Awards on Tuesday 12th November at the Embassy of Ireland.

Moe Dunford as Patrick’s in  Patrick’s Day , screened at The Kiln in London.

Moe Dunford as Patrick’s in Patrick’s Day, screened at The Kiln in London.

Dunford graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2009 and made his TV debut in the historical drama, The Tudors. His big screen breakthrough was Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day (2014). He has become one of Ireland’s most in demand actors.

In 2018 alone he starred in Lance Daly’s revenge thriller Black '47, Hugh O’Conor’s directorial debut Metal Heart, Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill’s dark drama The Dig and the critically acclaimed Rosie written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach.

Dunford will next hit UK and Irish screens in the RTE/BBC six-part crime drama Dublin Murders, which airs this autumn.

Dunford said: “I’m hugely flattered to be asked to join Lenny Abrahamson, Colin Farrell and Ros Hubbard as one of the IFL patrons to support IFL’s terrific work and I’m looking forward to supporting as many IFL events as possible in the coming years!”

For more information about our patrons check out our About Us page.

For Press enquiries, please contact Martin at press@irishfilmfestivallondon.com

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