The Irish actor was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role as Connell Waldron in BBC Three’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel.
However, many fans were surprised to see that Edgar-Jones, 22, who stars opposite Mescal as Marianne, did not get a nod.
One Twitter user wrote: “God knows how it all works and what it all really means but how the f*** did Daisy Edgar Jones not get nominated for an Emmy for Normal People?”
Responding to his nomination on Tuesday (28 July), Mescal shared a still of his Normal People character crying, commenting: “My actual face right now!"
Thanking director Lenny Abrahamson, who he would “forever be indebted to”, Mescal turned his attention to co-star Edgar-Jones with the words: “@daisyedgarjones this only exists because of you and extraordinary talent, end of.”
The actor also gushed about Edgar-Jones in an interview with Vulture where he admitted that he was “totally” surprised she hadn’t earned her own nomination, saying: “The fact that I’m nominated is a testament to the work that she’s done.
“If it was me I would have given her all the love in that category. I can’t speak highly enough of the work she did on the show. I know there are extraordinary actresses nominated in that category, but I think Daisy’s work is just phenomenal in this.”
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Normal People was a huge hit when it launched on 26 April, more than doubling BBC Three’s record for a viewing figures on iPlayer after it was requested 21.8 million times in its opening week.
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