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Irish film award for Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench has won the International Actress prize at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The 79-year-old star took home the coveted trophy for her performance in Philomena, which also scooped the International Film award.

The real Philomena Lee, whose search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland inspired the movie, attended the ceremony in Dublin.

Other winners included 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was named International Actor, and his co-star Michael Fassbender, who won Actor In A Supporting Role.

Calvary's Brendan Gleeson won Actor In A Lead Role and Saoirse Ronan won Actress In A Lead role for Byzantium. The Sea's Sinead Cusack picked up the Actress In A Supporting role gong.

Calvary, Byzantium and Philomena were the main films honoured, with each winning three prizes.

Awards were also handed out in television categories, with The Fall clinching the TV Drama gong.

Jamie Dornan, soon to be seen in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film, won the Actor In A Leading role award for his performance in the series and Eva Birthistle was named Actress In A Leading Role for Amber.

Stars attending the event included Colin Farrell, Steve Coogan and Jeremy Irons.

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