Awards for Buckley’s Chernobyl

Killarney actor Jessie Buckley has praised the input of Chernobyl Children International founder Adi Roche after the film she starred in took ten awards at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards which were hosted in Los Angeles, California on Monday night.

Chernobyl is a 2019 historical drama television mini-series created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck for HBO. The series is based around around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented clean-up efforts that followed.

Buckley plays the challenging role of Lyudmilla Ignatenko, an enormously courageous woman whose firefighter husband Vasily was one of the 700,000 so called “Liquidators” who were ordered into the Chernobyl plant to try to contain the catastrophic nuclear explosion.

Roche’s Chernobyl Children International was consulted by the HBO/Sky Atlantic production team during pre-planning for the series in 2018.

Buckley acknowledged the support she received from CCI and Roche as she prepared for the series,

“She was so incredibly generous with her time. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody with that unique empathy that she has. And the work that she has continued to do to help the victims of Chernobyl has been inspiring,” she said.

The series took home ten awards in multiple categories, including Outstanding Limited Series, at the awards which is considered the pinnacle of recognition for the television production industry.

The series is considered the highest rated TV show of all time, according to IMDB and has been in receipt of critical acclaim since its premiere earlier this year.

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