Irish actress Clare Dunne, known for her standout roles in the TV drama Kin and the movie Herself, has been chosen as one of the European Shooting Stars of 2022.

Organised by the European Film Promotion (EFP) agency, Shooting Stars was established to promote acting talent across the continent.

This year, the top 10 up-and-coming actors will be presented as part of EFP's European Shooting Stars program at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

Clare Dunne as Amanda in Kin alongside Mark McKenna Jr as Anthony

In their selection, the jury commented that: "Clare Dunne creates complex and highly relatable characters through her profound understanding of the intricacies of the human mind. At once sophisticated, firm, and moldable, she succeeds in nuancing the female psyche.

"Her delivery of lines is very precise and her control of voice meticulous. In a very clever and well reflected manner, her performance communicates a deep sense of self-awareness and well-founded confidence."

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Dunne said of the award: "I am so thrilled to be part of Shooting Stars! I have always fantasised about the wonderful conversations and collaborations that must happen at this gathering, and I am buzzing to be part of it in 2022 with such an incredible array of talented people.

"So delighted and honoured. I cannot wait to be in Berlin."

Clare Dunne wrote and starred as Sandra in the award-winning Irish movie Herself

In receiving the honour, Dubliner Dunne follows in the footsteps of the likes of Daniel Craig, Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, and fellow Irish actors Fionn O'Shea, Elaine Cassidy, Moe Dunford, Aisling Franciosi, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Negga and Andrew Scott.

This year's European Shooting Stars programme will take place from February 11 – 14 at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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