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Daisy Ridley honoured at Oscar Wilde Awards

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley was feted with an Oscar Wilde Award in Los Angeles on Thursday (25Feb16)

Daisy, who is English but has Irish roots, was chosen by members of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance to receive the honour, which celebrates links between America and Ireland in film and television, after shooting scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Irish beauty spots.


Event founder Trina Fargo says the actress revealing her love for the country while promoting the science-fiction blockbuster was also a factor in her receiving the prize.


"Daisy was totally up for it, and she talked about her Irish roots when she did the London press tour for the movie," Trina tells Variety.


The awards were given out by Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, whose film company Bad Robot Productions also hosted the ceremony.


Other recipients of the awards included Irish rockers Snow Patrol, who performed at the event, Room director and Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson, and talk show host James Corden, who was named an "honourary Irishman".


The actress will not be adding an Oscar statue to her Oscar Wilde award at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday (28Feb16) as she has not been nominated, but will briefly get her hands on Hollywood's most coveted prize, as she's performing presenting duties.