Irish actress Charlene McKenna has won a prestigious award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

McKenna was named Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series for her performance as a young mother in RTÉ Television's factually based drama 'Whistleblower', which told the story of a midwife (played by Emma Stansfield) who exposes irregular obstetric practices at the hospital where she works.

Commenting on her win, McKenna said: "I'm hugely honoured to have been presented with this award for my work on 'Whistleblower', which I believe told an important true story and which I feel very privileged to be have been able to contribute to the telling of.

"'Whistleblower' was a team effort and I’m very grateful to everyone involved in the production and to Saffron Pictures, Newgrange Pictures and RTÉ for making such a powerful piece of television drama.

"I’d like to thank my family, friends and agents for their continued support and to thank the Monte Carlo Television Festival Jury for this wonderful surprise."

McKenna, who also starred in 'Pure Mule' and 'Single-Handed II' on RTÉ Television, will reprise her role as Jojo in the second series of 'Raw' on RTÉ Two this autumn.

McKenna won the Best Actress (Television) award at the Irish Film and Television Awards earlier this year for her work on 'Raw'.

'Whistleblower' has previously won an Irish Film and Television Award and a Celtic Media Award in the best drama categories.