Ray Winstone states Northern Ireland is “probably the safest place to be” nowadays. Derry is currently hosting the five-day Foyle Film Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Winstone was in town for the new movie, Ashes,  Winstone said “I have been to Portadown, Belfast and Armagh 20 odd years ago but this is my first time in Derry,” “When I was here in Northern Ireland last time you had all the soldiers and the Troubles but the people were just the people.

“Last time I was here we were working at a women’s prison in Armagh. I think it was for Underbelly. We were based here and stayed here and I lived in Portadown. I was there for eight weeks.”

In Ashes Winstone plays Frank, a father slowly disintegrating with Alzheimer’s.