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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

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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