Sunday 22 July 2018

Legendary Irish actor Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at this year's IFTAs

Gabriel Byrne attends the
Gabriel Byrne attends the "Louder Than Bombs" Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Producer Hannah Beth King actor Gabriel Byrne attend the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Gabriel Byrne and producer Hannah Beth King arrive at FIJI Water at 2016 Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
Gabriel Byrne at the Irish Film & Televison Awards 2007
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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.

Gabriel Byrne at the Irish Film & Televison Awards 2007
Gabriel Byrne at the Irish Film & Televison Awards 2007

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."

Producer Hannah Beth King actor Gabriel Byrne attend the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Producer Hannah Beth King actor Gabriel Byrne attend the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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