Jonathan Rhys Meyers Crowned Best Actor in Ireland

Plus: The Tudors star will work with a group aiding street children in India

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers was crowned in Dublin on Sunday night, as was his Showtime series about the young King Henry VIII, The Tudors, as part of the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The actor and the historical series – as well as costars Maria Doyle Kennedy and Nick Dunning and those responsible for the costumes, production design and hair and makeup – all walked away with a record seven IFTAs, more than any other in the award ceremony’s 5-year history, reports Variety.

Rhys Meyers, 31, went on to mark his win with the announcement Monday that he will work as an international goodwill ambassador with the Hope Foundation. His role will be to highlight the plight of street children in India, the Irish Independent reports.

“He is committed to visit Calcutta and to do a documentary in Calcutta with the children,” says a representative of the organization. “He is terribly interested in children’s rights so he has spoken very positively about trying to highlight the problems with child trafficking and child labor.”

“He is going to be in Ireland for the next four months so he has also said he wants to work with us as closely as possible,” the rep added.

Other Awards

Also at the IFTAs, which were held in the Gaiety Theatre, There Will Be Blood Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis received the international actor award, Atonement Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan was honored as rising star and best supporting actress, and Mel Gibson was cited for making an outstanding contribution to world cinema.

In accepting his prize, Gibson, 52, said: “Hey, I’m not just some Yankee coming over here plundering your pinnacle of your accolades. I actually have a passport here.”

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