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NI Harry Potter actor wins Olivier award

Anthony Boyle seen here with Noma Dumezweni who won the award for best actress in a supporting role Image copyright PA
Image caption Anthony Boyle seen here with Noma Dumezweni who won the award for best actress in a supporting role

The Belfast actor Anthony Boyle has been named best actor in a supporting role at the Olivier awards.

He won for his role as Scorpius Malfoy in 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' at London's Palace theatre.

The show, a sequel to JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels, has been a critical and commercial success.

The Olivier awards are the most prestigious awards in British theatre. Boyle, 22, is from west Belfast and his family still live in the area.

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Image caption Anthony Boyle won his award for his role as Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

He is a former pupil of De La Salle College and St Louise's Comprehensive College.

His win was announced at the award ceremony in London's Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking immediately afterwards, Boyle thanked his family for their support.

Image caption Boyle won the coveted award ahead of nominees Rafe Spall, Brian J Smith and Freddie Fox

"I didn't think I was going to win, so I didn't even write a speech!" He said.

Boyle won the coveted award ahead of nominees Rafe Spall, Brian J Smith and Freddie Fox.

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