Limerick actress Clare wins top horror film award

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK actress Clare Langford is set for big things after scooping a top acting award in London.

LIMERICK actress Clare Langford is set for big things after scooping a top acting award in London.

Clare, 28 from Caherdavin, recently won the Best Actress Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012 for her turn in Mark Duffield’s film Demon.

The University of Limerick graduate won the award for her star turn as Irish nurse Amy Harper in the film, a Victorian-set horror film billed as “an elegant and beautifully shot homage to the classic Hammer horror films”.

“I am absolutely delighted,” Clare said.

“The film is an interesting one, a mixture of horror, romance, all sorts! It was very good fun - a few scary moments, but mostly fun,” she added of the film, which was shot on a shoe-string budget in London over an 18 month period.

Duffield’s film is making waves however small its budget, taking the Best Cinematography award at the festival, a Best Horror Feature gong in the Los Angeles Tabloid Witch Awards, while lead actor Andrew Mullan has also been honoured for his role as the central character who labours under a horrific curse which means that if he ever finds love he will transform into a blood hungry demon.

Such is the reaction Stateside that the film is be screened at events in LA and New York - and Clare would dearly love to attend.

“It has gotten quite a good reception over there, I would love to go over for the festivals, fingers crossed I can do that and get to meet people and see what it is like over there,” said the Applied Languages graduate, who studied at the prestigious Drama Centre London after leaving UL, following in the footsteps of Michael Fassbender and Pierce Brosnan, who also trained there.

“I will definitely go over and see what it is like - I would ideally love to be working in Ireland at some point, but if I get the chance to go to America, then why not? It is an Irish rite of passage,” she laughed.