Colin Farrell thanked his children and his fellow Banshees of Inisherin cast members, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, and Jenny the Donkey, during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Golden Globes.

The 46-year-old Dubliner won Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for his performance in Martin McDonagh's acclaimed black comedy at the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, his second Golden Globe following his win in 2009 for In Bruges.

Farrell began his speech by thanking Banshees and In Bruges director, McDonagh.

"Martin McDonagh thank you so much for. 14 years ago, you put me working with Brendan Gleeson my dance partner and you changed the trajectory of my life forever in ways I will be begrudgingly grateful for the rest of my days.

"I never expect the films I work on to find an audience but when they do it's shocking to me so I am so horrified by what has happened around Banshees over the last couple of months in a thrilling kind of way."

The actor also paid tribute to co-star and friend, Brendan Gleeson, saying, "Brendan, I love you so much.

Brendan Gleeson and Farrell at the Golden Globes

"To get to cohabitate this creative space with you every day, all I did when I came to work every day was to aspire to be your equal. I'm not saying I even got there, but the aspiration kept me going and I will thank you for that for the rest of my days also."

Farrell began to thank co-star, Thurles-born actress Kerry Condon, when piano music interrupted him.

"Kerry, to finally see the world after 20 years of acting... you can forget that piano, to finally see the world after 20 years of acting - find your work now, you are extraordinary."

Barry Keoghan

Farrell shared a house with his Banshees co-star Barry Keoghan, who missed out on a Golden Globe earlier in the evening, while filming the movie on Achill Island and Inis Mór, and speaking about the young Dublin actor, Farrell said: "Barry, when you are sharing a house with an actor you are working with, a word of advice - don't eat his Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and leave him with no breakfast in the morning. You should never send a man to work on an empty belly."

Kerry Condon

Farrell added: "I want to thank Sheila Flitton, who played our banshee. I want to thank the cast and the crew, and the locals of Inis Mór and Achill Island that brought us in.

"There were lines blurred between all of us and we were just all one big family for the betterment of all our souls on that experience."

To a huge cheer from the audience in the The Beverly Hilton in LA he concluded: "Lastly, Jenny the donkey who is having an early retirement.

"And to my kids at home who are watching this, James and Henry, the loves of my life I love you so much."