TUAMGRANEY actor Frank Blake has been earmarked as a star to watch in 2022.

The Irish Times this week published a list of fifty young people likely to be breakout stars this coming year in what their writers described as the best young talent in the country across film, television, politics, music, entrepreneurship, sustainability, fashion, beauty, food, activism, sport, art and design.

2020 saw Frank star as Alan, the complex brother of leading lady Marianne in the hit show, ‘Normal People’, the award-nominated novel by Sally Rooney was adapted for the small screen by Lenny Abrahamson and was released while the Scariff Community College past pupil spent lockdown in East Clare.

Writing in The Irish Times, film correspondent Donald Clarke predicted big things on the horizon for Frank this year describing him as “a handsome Clare man with a good line in simmer”. He added, “he had roles in Bridgerton, Game of Thrones and the Russo brothers’ Cherry. This year he elbows his way to the front of the crowd with a key role in the second season of Sanditon, continuing its take on an unfinished Jane Austen novel, and a still under-the-horned-hat part in Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla, follow up to the hit Norse series”.

A grand-nephew of Edna O’Brien, the twenty five year old’s first role was in a production by East Clare Musical Society of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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