Barry Keoghan pays tribute to his mother at Cannes Film Festival


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Barry Keoghan earned a seven-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.

He is starring in a new film, Bird, which premiered at the festival this month.

Clearly, it’s a film that is close to his heart as he plays a single father who is living with his two children in a North Kent squat.

As he walked the iconic carpet at Cannes, he paid tribute to his late mother.


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Barry wore a silver bracelet with his mother’s name, Debbie, engraved on it.

The actor’s mother lost her life over 19 years ago from a heroin overdose. However, Barry has made sure that his mother is always close to him in spirit.

This isn’t the first time that he has worn this bracelet, he previously wore it on the red carpet at his Apple+ show Masters of the Air premiere.

He also revealed to The Sunday Times that he “prays to her every day”.

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His BAFTA, which he won for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin, is kept next to a picture of his mother. When he won the award in 2023, he dedicated the win to his mother and son, Brando.

“I just want this for my son as well, Brando…For my mother and also for the kids that are dreaming to be something from the area that I came from. This is for yous.”


Barry’s new role in Bird is already getting award buzz. And it looks like he could already be on his way to a second Academy Awards nomination.

It hasn’t been confirmed when Bird will hit Irish cinemas, but it has been confirmed that indie distributor MUBI has acquired the rights to the film on our shores.

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