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Irish star Alisha Weir, 14, on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Teenage Irish actor Alisha Weir is among those featured on the new Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list of rising talents in the world of entertainment.

The 14-year-old Dubliner, whose new film Abigail opens this month, is described as “the second-youngest lister in Forbes Under 30 Europe Entertainment history”.

In Weir’s profile, Forbes writes: “Alisha Weir starred as Matilda Wormwood in 2022’s Matilda: The Musical, holding her own against acting royalty like Emma Thompson and Andrea Riseborough.

Alisha Weir talks to RTÉ Entertainment at the Irish premiere of Abigail in Dublin last week Photo: Andres Poveda

“The young star was just 13 when she scooped the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle award for Breakthrough Artist (Irish) for her performance, and 14 as of this list’s publication – making her the second-youngest lister in Forbes Under 30 Europe Entertainment history (after Millie Bobby Brown in 2018).

“Weir got her start at nine years old, treading boards across Dublin’s historic theatres in musicals such as Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver!.

“She will star alongside Melissa Barrera and Dan Stevens in the upcoming American horror film, Abigail.”

Alisha Weir in the new horror Abigail

Abigail, the new film from horror specialists Blumhouse, was co-written by Irish screenwriter Stephen Shields and was filmed in Ireland. It opens in cinemas on Friday 19 April.

Joining Weir on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Entertainment list is Dublin singer Yasmine Byrne aka Jazzy, who is honoured for her breakthrough hit single Giving Me and RTÉ Choice Music Prize wins for Artist of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

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Also featured on the list are filmmakers Tom Berkeley and Ross White, the Belfast-based duo behind the Oscar, BAFTA, and IFTA-winning short An Irish Goodbye.

(L-R) Oscar winners Tom Berkeley and Ross White

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