Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson won Best Comedy Performance (Female) at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in London on St Patrick's Night.

Honouring 26-year-old Jackson, who plays Erin Quinn on the hit series, the RTS said she had delivered "a truly standout performance in a brilliantly funny series".

"She confidently commits to the character, despite the craziness of the world she inhabits," the RTS added.

The awards, which featured a number of Irish actors among the nominees, were held behind closed doors due to coronavirus concerns and were streamed via video link.

The Young Offenders 

Irish interest in this year's awards also saw Aisling Bea nominated for the Breakthrough Award for her comedy This Way Up, with The Young Offenders' Alex Murphy and Chris Walley jointly shortlisted for Best Comedy Performance (Male).

Derry Girls has also received a nomination for Best Scripted Comedy.

In the Drama categories, Niamh Algar was among the nominees for Best Actor (Female) for her performance in Channel 4 drama The Virtues.

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