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Sky News claims Saoirse Ronan is British during BAFTA report sparking Twitter meltdown

Reporter stands by his claim saying it should be taken as a compliment

Published 09/01/2016

Saoirse Ronan at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan arrives at the British Independent Film Awards 2015. (AP)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Honoree Saoirse Ronan accepts the New Hollywood Award for Brooklyn onstage during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan

Sky News reporter Richard Suchet claimed Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is British during a live broadcast on Friday afternoon.

The remark was made as Suchet listed the BAFTA nominees for Best Actress.

"If we look at the leading actress category, I think we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours. She's in Brooklyn, she's nominated."

Suchet appeared to be sticking by his comments following criticism on Twitter.

He said: "She's from the British Isles & whether you like it or not, Brits will be willing her to win."

Suchet added: "Many Brits will still see her as one of their own. It's a consequence of geography. A compliment I'd say."

Cue Twitter meltdown.

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