'Brought up a Catholic but I've no scars'
Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Co Sligo, his mother a painter and his father an academic. When the family moved to Dublin he was educated at St Paul's, Raheny, and at University College Dublin, where he studied history and literature.
"I was brought up a Catholic," he told an interviewer in 1999, "and was quite religious at one stage when I was young. But it left me with no scars whatever -- it just sort of vanished."
In 1974 he was one of the founders of the Irish Writers' Co-Operative and in 1976 his collection of stories, Night in Tunisia, was published, subsequently winning the Guardian Fiction Prize.
John Boorman employed him on the 1981 film Excalibur and in 1982 his first film, Angel, was greeted with international acclaim. The Crying Game in 1992 won him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His other Irish films are The Miracle (1991), Michael Collins (1996), The Butcher Boy (1997), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Ondine (2009).
His previous novels are The Past (1980), The Dream of the Beast (1983), Sunrise with Sea Monster (1994) and Shade (2004).
Married to Brenda Rawn, he has five children and lives in Dalkey.