Legendary Irish actor Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at this year's IFTAs
Gabriel Byrne will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Awards.
The 67-year-old is being recognised for his work in film and television and President Michael D. Higgins will award him at the IFTAs on February 15.
"I am deeply honoured to be receiving this Award from the Irish Academy and it means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin," he said.
Byrne has appeared in more than 75 feature films, was nominated for two Emmys and won a Golden Globe for 2008's In Treatment. He began acting at Dublin's Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre before moving to London's Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, eventually moving to Hollywood at the age of 37.
IFTA's chief executive Áine Moriarty said it was a no-brainer in deciding that he was would be honoured at this year's ceremony.
"Gabriel has paved the way as one of Ireland’s most revered actors and filmmakers where he has explored and pushed the boundaries in storytelling across a broad range of genres, in film, television and documentary making," she said.
"We look forward to welcoming Gabriel back home to his native Dublin to celebrate his achievements."