BAFTA nominee Caitríona Balfe has paid tribute to the cast and crew of Belfast, telling RTÉ Entertainment that writer-director Kenneth Branagh's film was "the easiest, most organic job I think I've ever done".

On Thursday, Balfe was shortlisted for the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Belfast - one of six nominations for Branagh's semi-autobiographical family story.

When asked by RTÉ Entertainment whether Belfast was the most nervous or excited she had been about making a film, Balfe replied: "Definitely before I got to set I was terrified and hugely intimidated by all the people who were on the [production] call sheet!"

Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie in Belfast

"It was such a beautiful script,; I loved the character so much so there was all that excitement as well," she continued.

"But once we got to set, it felt like the easiest, most organic job I think I've ever done.

"It really does feel like a cheat how much fun we had making it."

Balfe's fellow Irish actors Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter) and Ruth Negga (Passing) are also nominated for the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. The awards take place in London on Sunday, 13 March.

Belfast is in cinemas now.

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