Monaco – Hollywood actor Eric Close has taken up the role of President of the Television Films Jury for the Golden Nymph Awards at the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival taking place 13 – 18 June, it was announced by Laurent Puons, CEO.

Close is currently playing Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s hit series Nashville and can also be seen in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award nominated American Sniper.

After starring for almost a decade on CBS’ Without a Trace and Now and Again, Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series Chaos. Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Suits, opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.

The Television Films Jury will select Golden Nymph winners in three categories: best television film, outstanding actress and outstanding actor.  Previous winners include Woody Harrelson for his role in Game Change; Ken Watanabe, A School Behind Bar; Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jury Duty; Benedict Cumberbatch, Hawking; Derek Jacobi, Breaking the Code; Christine Neubauer for her role in Hanna’s Decision; Julie Walters, A Short Stay In Switzerland and Mo; Isabelle Adjani, Skirt Day and Holly Hunter for her role in Roe vs. Wade.