It’s not the first time but hopefully, it will be the last!
The cast of Bad Sisters took to social media to correct a review that referred to them as British actresses.
Eve Hewson and Eva Birthistle were left bewildered when they read the New York Times review that referred to them all as British.
The newspaper was discussing some of the TV of 2022 when it praised Sharon Horgan’s comedy Bad Sisters, writing: “A quintet of British actresses – Eva Birthistle, Ann Marie-Duff, Sarah Greene, and Eve Hewson and Sharon Horgan.”
Eve Hewson was quick to respond: “OH DEAR @nytimesarts WE ARE IRISH, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.”
“P.S. Anne Marie is Irish/ English but… still,” she added.
While Eva Birthistle commented: “I’ll just speak for myself here but I’m definitely really 100 an IRISH actor @nytimesarts.”
The New York Times article was quickly edited to reflect the fact they are Irish.
OH DEAR @nytimesarts WE ARE IRISH, PLEASE AND THANK YOU https://t.co/7MHiuiKXbu
— Eve Hewson (@EveHewson) December 1, 2022
Of course, it’s not the first time that the foreign press referred to an Irish celebrity as British.
Paul Mescal was branded British after he was nominated for an Emmy for Normal People and he was quick to shut that down.
He took to his now-defunct Twitter account to simply write: “I’m Irish.”
Saoirse Ronan was referred to as “one of our own” by an English presenter on Sky News in 2016.
I’ll just speak for myself here but I’m definitely really ? an IRISH actor @nytimesarts https://t.co/45qddoRJ1N
— Eva Birthistle (@EBirthistle) December 1, 2022
Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy and Chris O’Dowd have all been referred to as Irish over the years.
And it was Samuel L Jackson who spoke up for his co-star Colin Farrell back in 2010 when he appeared on The Late Late Show.
Samuel L Jackson said: “People in the UK have a big problem claiming people who aren’t theirs.”
Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender were both nominated for “Best British Actor” at the 2016 BAFTA awards.
Unsurprisingly there was plenty of backlash leading to the London Film Circle renaming some categories as “British and Irish”.