Shaun Blaney, who starred in RTÉ's Storyland web series, Farr, has won the Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the IAWTVA's.

The International Academy of Web Television Awards, which took place in Las Vegas on Wednesday April 15, celebrate the best in digital entertainment.

Belfast based drama Farr focuses on a police officer, Detective Michael Gallagher, played by Blaney, whose personal life and career come crashing down around him as he investigates the city’s most dangerous crime family.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN about the IAWTV Awards Blaney said: "The ceremony was a fantastic experience, lots of fun... full of incredible pioneers of online, television and film content, very talented people. Many of the shows honoured I would watch myself online so to be in the room was fantastic. 

"Winning the award means everything to me. It's wonderful to have your work valued in such a way by an international community.

"We know now that Farr works and is viewed and enjoyed all over the world, even receiving praise on the night from South American film makers, the performances and the story we are crossing language barriers which is incredible to hear." 

Directed and written by Aidan Largey, Farr was produced by Margaret McGoldrick for Stirling Film and Television Productions and was one of the five chosen web series of RTÉ's 2015 Storyland project, which is funded by RTÉ and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Click here to watch Farr on the RTÉ Player

Award-winning Blaney added: "The award and the experience over here has already opened so many doors for me creatively and professionally; the contacts we've made and the publicity we've raised for the show has been invaluable. 

"There is an appetite for more of Farr that we feel needs to be listened to and hopefully the story can continue in some form.

"This experience has also shown me the value of creating content for the online community which is skilled and passionate, and given myself and my wife Emma the best reason to ever come to Vegas.

"It's been a perfect week. I'm not a great gambler though..."